PJM files new interconnection deal for uprated Keys Energy project in Maryland

PJM Interconnection on Feb. 4 filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a replacement Interconnection Service Agreement with Keys Energy Center LLC and transmission owner Potomac Electric Power Co.

The Keys ISA facilitates the interconnection of the Keys Energy Center, a natural gas-fueled combined cycle project with a Maximum Facility Output (MFO) of 800 MW located on North Keys Road in Prince Georges County, Maryland. The MFO of 800 MW represents an increase of 64.5 MW over the prior Interconnection Request associated with the original ISA. The Keys ISA indicates that the Keys Energy Center will have 780 MW of Capacity Interconnection Rights, consisting of 735.5 MW associated with the prior ISA plus an additional 44.5 MW as a result of the new ISA.

PJM noted: “The installation and construction of the generating units at the Keys Energy Center has not yet commenced, and the Commercial Operation date is not until June 1, 2017. It also is expected that the full 800 MW of capacity will become operational at the same time, rather than in stages as is often the case with an uprate in capacity. Consequently, from an operational and engineering standpoint, it is more efficient and cost-effective to construct, install and operate the generation facilities to meet a single power factor. There will be no adverse impact on reliability because, the entire generating facility will be designed to maintain the more stringent power factor of at least 0.95 leading to 0.90 lagging. The Commission has accepted ISAs with non-conforming power factor provisions, and likewise should accept or approve the use of the non-conforming requirements here.”

This is a natural gas-fired combined cycle facility arranged in a two combustion turbine and one steam turbine (2X1) configuration.

A developer contact listed in the ISA is: Keys Energy Center LLC,  PO Box 920001, Needham, MA 02492, Attn: John Doran, jdoran@genesispower.com, (508) 428-2757.

Said the Keys Energy Center project website: “Genesis Power, LLC develops, constructs, owns and operates independent power generating facilities. Genesis Power was formed in 1989 and has been involved in the successful development of over 2,800 MW of independent power generating facilities. The company has teamed with over 15 different utility companies, independent power companies, equipment suppliers and private equity firms in constructing over $3.5 billion in generation assets. These projects include the 543 MW combined-cycle plant in Westbrook, Maine, the conversion of a 50 MW coal-fired unit into a biomass unit at the Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the construction of the 695 MW Longview advanced supercritical coal-fired power plant outside Morgantown, West Virginia.”

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