Clean Energy Future-Lordstown seeks approval on 800-MW Ohio project

Clean Energy Future-Lordstown LLC (CEF-L), after clearing earlier this year a pre-application review process at the Ohio Power Siting Board, on March 23 filed with the board its full application for an 800-MW, gas-fired project.

Clean Energy is proposing to develop, finance, build, own, and operate the Lordstown Energy Center, a new natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility located in the Village of Lordstown, Trumbull County, Ohio. The site is in northeast Ohio, fairly near the state line with Pennsylvania. Approval, right now, is currently being sought for a capacity up to 800 MW.

“The Facility will help meet electricity demand in the region, particularly in light of the recent and planned retirements of existing coal-fired generating assets located in Ohio (5.9 gigawatts [GW] have retired since 2013 and 10.5 GW are pending retirement by the end of 2015), including several plants in northeastern Ohio (Niles; East Lake; Bay Shore; Lake Shore; and Ashtabula),” said the application. “The Facility will help meet this need by providing additional base load and peaking capability via its natural gas-fired combined-cycle technology.”

The Lordstown facility is identified in its PJM Interconnection application as a nominal 800-MW (net) capacity and energy facility, and will utilize advanced gas turbine/steam turbine, combined-cycle technology to generate electricity. Because the maximum net power output of the facility has the potential to reach 940 MW, CEF-L is working on a new PJM application requesting an increase in MW sales from 800 MW to 940 MW. Once this request has achieved review milestones, supplemental information will be filed with the OPSB to request authorization of the additional output.

Because a final combustion turbine vendor has not yet been selected, both Siemens and General Electric (GE) technology were evaluated for this application. The facility (with the exception of limited-use ancillary equipment) is designed to operate solely on natural gas and will not be capable of operating on fuel oil. CEF-L has determined that, due to the abundant, local, low-cost natural gas in proximity to the facility, including Utica shale gas, a back-up fuel such as fuel oil is not required.

CEF-L has an option on approximately 71 acres of land for its interconnect facilities located between two FirstEnergy 345-kV transmission line corridors.

Clean Energy plans to offer this capacity in May auction at PJM

The facility schedule is based on the submission of this application in March, the issuance of the OPSB certificate by August 2015, and the commencement of commercial operation by May 2018 in order to meet the anticipated summer peak load demands within the PJM marketplace. CEF-L intends to bid into PJM’s Capacity Auction in May 2015, for delivery of facility capacity from summer 2018 through summer 2019. As part of this bid process, CEF-L will be making guarantees to PJM that the facility will be operational by May 2018.

The facility is designed to be a nominal net 800-MW (un-fired at all temperature conditions) power plant and will consist of two Siemens SCC6- 8000H or GE 7HA.01 combustion turbine generators (CTGs) each capable of generating a nominal output of approximately 285 MW and a maximum output of about 312 MW. Each gas turbine will be equipped with power augmentation in the form of evaporative coolers.

The facility will be capable of operating up to 8,760 hours per year, although its actual hours of operation will be dependent upon energy needs in the region and will incorporate downtime for planned and unplanned maintenance events. Based on power market data for northeastern Ohio, it is anticipated that the facility will initially operate at least 85%-90% of the year. It will also include one three-pressure heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) with auxiliary duct burners for each of the two combustion turbines and one reheat, condensing steam turbine generator (STG) utilized by both HRSGs. It will be designed to operate in combined-cycle mode only.

Assuming that the facility is operating at net output of 800 MW it will consume approximately 130 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day of natural gas, or an hourly consumption of 5.415 MMcf.

The local distribution company that serves the Village of Lordstown is Dominion East Ohio. The existing Dominion gas lines are sized at 10 inches and 16 inches in diameter, and so are inadequate to carry the gas needs of the facility. In addition, an approximate gas pressure of 650 psig is required when delivered to the facility, and this is unlikely to be accommodated by this existing infrastructure. Therefore, CEF-L is pursuing two gas delivery options, with the intention of selecting and pursuing one. Both options involve development of a gas transportation system to deliver natural gas from the Tennessee Pipeline interstate system. The natural gas infrastructure will be the subject of separate regulatory proceedings under the jurisdiction of either the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the OPSB.

The president of the company is William Siderewicz P.E., who can be contacted at: Clean Energy Future-Lordstown LLC, 24 Proctor Street, Manchester, MA 01944, Telephone (617) 501-7094, bills@perpower.com.

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