FERC accepts return to service of TC Ravenswood unit in New York

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 13 accepted a notice from last September from TC Ravenswood LLC of a “non-material” change in status due to the reactivation of gas turbine unit 3-4 (43 MW of capacity) from mothball status.

“On September 30, 2014, you filed on behalf of TC Ravenswood, LLC (TC Ravenswood) a notice of change in status stating that unit 3-4 of the Ravenswood Generating Station located in Queens, New York has been returned to service in the New York City submarket of the New York Independent System Operator, Inc. market,” FERC said, pointing out that there were no objections lodged to the notice. “You state that this increase in generation capacity does not affect the conditions the Commission relied upon when granting TC Ravenswood market-based rate authority.” The “you” referred to in the FERC letter is the company’s attorneys, who officially filed the notice. 

TC Ravenswood’s gas turbine unit 3-4 was mothballed in August 2011. TC Ravenswood began repairing the unit in the spring of 2014 and it was returned to service on Aug. 20, 2014. The unit’s reactivation is a non-material change in status because TC Ravenswood’s authority to charge market based rates is not contingent upon the capacity it controls but is based upon market power mitigation measures for the New York City submarket previously approved by the commission, and the capacity of the reactivated unit is below a 100 MW threshold set in commission regulations, the company told FERC.

A company contact is: James D’Andrea, TransCanada USA Services Inc., 110 Turnpike Road, Suite 300, Westborough, MA 01581, Tel: (508) 475-6088, Fax (403) 898-0433, Email: jim_dandrea@transcanada.com.

TransCanada Corp.’s website said that the Ravenswood Generating Station, located in Queens, N.Y., is a 2,480-MW, gas-fired plant that consists of multiple units employing steam turbine, combined cycle and combustion turbine technology.

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