AEP amends interconnect deal for 758-MW La Paloma project in Texas

American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas Central Co. (TCC), filed on March 17 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a First Amended and Restated ERCOT Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement with La Paloma Energy Center LLC.

“As specified in the Original Agreement accepted in FERC Docket No. ER15-57-000, Generator plans to interconnect a 758 MW generating plant (‘Plant’) to TCC’s transmission system,” the filing explained about this new GIA, which replaces one from September 2014. “The Plant is located in Cameron County, Texas. The Parties agree to amend and restate the Original Agreement for the purpose of revising the schedule from six months after to nine months after the September 19, 2014 Execution Date of the Original Agreement for: (1) Generator’s notice to commence construction as specified in Exhibit ‘B’ Time Schedule; and (2) Generator’s second security installment as specified in Exhibit ‘E’ Security Arrangement Details.”

The La Paloma Energy Center is due to be a nominal 758-MW plant comprised of two units at 225 MW each and one unit at 308 MW. Those units are two General Electric 7FA.05 combustion turbine generators and one Hitachi steam turbine. The project schedule under the revised GIA is non-specific, with milestone dates coming a certain number of months after other milestones.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Jan. 23 put out for comment a tentative plan to approve a water permit for this project. Said that notice about the project: “La Paloma Energy Center, LLC, c/o Coronado Power Ventures, 3608 Preston Road, Suite 225, Plano, Texas 75093, which proposes to operate La Paloma Energy Center, a combined cycle electric generating facility, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a new permit, Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permit No. WQ0005137000, to authorize the discharge of cooling tower blowdown and low volume waste sources at a daily average flow not to exceed 1,634,000 gallons per day via Outfall 001. The draft permit authorizes the discharge of cooling tower blowdown and previously monitored effluent (low volume waste sources) at a daily average flow not to exceed 1,634,000 gallons per day via Outfall 001.”

The facility will be located at 24684 Farm-to-Market Road 1595 at Harlingen in Cameron County. The project contact listed by TCEQ is: La Paloma Energy Center LLC, Scott Stringfellow, Project Engineer, (713) 302-8269.

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