Gas-fired power project in Texas may change hands, configuration

CenterPoint Energy on March 5 filed with the Texas Public Utility Commission an amendment to a 2013 interconnection deal that covers the possibility of a new power project that may get both altered and sold.

“This Amendment One (‘Amendment One’) to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement, (the ‘SGIA’) that was originally entered into between Friendswood Energy Genco, LLC (identified at the time as Friendswood Energy Generation, LLC) and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric, LLC, executed November 13, 2013, is made between FRIENDSWOOD ENERGY GENCO, LLC (“Generator”), a Texas limited liability company, and CENTERPOINT ENERGY HOUSTON ELECTRIC, LLC (‘CenterPoint Energy’ or ‘TSP’), a Texas limited liability company, (collectively, ‘the Parties’), on this 4th day of March, 2015,” said the filed amendment. 

The amendment added: “In consideration of the current circumstances whereby: (1) Generator is in discussions with Quantum Utility Generation, LLC (‘Quantum’) to assume ownership of Friendswood Energy Genco, LLC; (2) Quantum is considering plans to construct a generation plant of a different design than originally contemplated in the SGIA; and (3) CenterPoint Energy is currently conducting a re-study of the interconnection requirements for the generating plant, Generator and CenterPoint Energy agree to amend the SGIA as stated below: 1. The NTP Need Date specified in Exhibit ‘B’, section 2) is changed to ‘March 1, 2015.’ Except as modified by this Amendment One, the provisions of the SGIA will continue in full force and effect in accordance with its terms.”

The November 2013 SGIA in question shows the Friendswood Energy Generation Project as being made up of two General Electric 7FH2 gas-fired turbines, rated at 190.4 MW each, with a total project capacity of 316.4 MW (net). The project location is in Harris County, with an interconnect at the H.O. Clarke Substation.

A contact listed in the March 5 filing is: Jason Ryan, CenterPoint Energy Service Co. LLC, P.O. Box 61867, Houston, TX 77208, Telephone 713.207.7261, Fax 713.574.2661, jason.ryan@centerpointenergy.com.

A contact for the original developer listed in the November 2013 SGIA is: Kenny Koncaba, 512 Northview Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546, Telephone (281) 731-6323, Fax (281) 482-1637, kenny.koncaba@friendswoodcapital.com.

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