Only 87 MW of new generation was installed during March, FERC reports

February was a slow month for deployment of new power generation projects with only 87 MW of new capacity coming online, according to data released March 18 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The largest facility deployed was a 45-MW geothermal facility that was commissioned in Nevada, according to the Energy Infrastructure Update from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.

Several hundred megawatts worth of new capacity was added during January and more than 4,300 MW of new generation was deployed during December 2014.

Here’s a rundown of the new power generation deployed during the month:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ 5 MW natural gas-fired North Texas Health Care CHP Project in Dallas County, Texas is online.

ORNI 39 LLC’s 45 MW McGinnis Hills Geothermal Phase 4 expansion Project in Lander County, NV is online. ORNI 39 is apparently affiliated with Ormat. The power generated is sold to Nevada Power under long-term contract.

Carroll Area Wind Farm LLC’s 21 MW Carroll Area Wind Farm Project in Carroll County, Iowa is online. The power generated is sold to MidAmerican Energy Co. under long-term contract.

OCI Alamo 3 LLC’s 5.5 MW OCI Alamo 3 Solar Project in Bexar County, Texas is online. The power generated is sold to CPS Energy under long-term contract.

Citizen Solar has four solar projects that came online in Georgia: 1) 1.3 MW Cook County Farm in Cook County; 2) 1 MW Goosby Farm in Terrell County; 3) 1 MW Terrell County Industrial Park in Terrell County; and 4) 1.8 MW Taylor County Industrial Park in Taylor County, Ga.

The same infrastructure report indicated that multiple natural gas transmission projects received a green light from FERC during February.

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