Clean Energy Future-Lordstown files PJM study on 800-MW Ohio project

Clean Energy Future-Lordstown LLC filed on April 23 at the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) a copy of a March 2015 PJM Interconnection-authored System Impact Study covering the interconnection needs for the company’s gas-fired power project.

On March 23, Clean Energy Future-Lordstown (CEF-L) filed an application with the board for authority to construct the Lordstown Energy Center. The System Impact Study was not available at the time the application was filed.

Clean Energy Future-Lordstown is proposing to install an 800-MW natural gas facility to be located in Trumbull County, Ohio, and has asked PJM to be studied as an 800 MW Energy (800 MW Capacity) resource interconnecting into the American Transmission Systems Inc. (ATSI) area. The developer has proposed an in-service date of April 29, 2019.

Impacts on the Midcontinent ISO member transmission systems will be done as a part of the Facilities Study phase, which may reveal new upgrades required for this project to be put in service. The intent of the System Impact Study is to determine system reinforcements and associated costs and construction time estimates required to facilitate the addition of the new generating plant to the transmission system. The reinforcements include the direct connection of the generator to the system and any network upgrades necessary to maintain the reliability of the transmission system.

Clean Energy Future-Lordstown’s project, under PJM queue #Z2-028, will interconnect to two lines simultaneously; Highland–Sammis 345 kV and Highland–Mansfield 345 kV. It is expected to take a minimum of 48 months from the date of a fully executed Interconnection Construction Service Agreement to complete all ATSI upgrades for project Z2-028, the study notes.

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 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 March 23 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 iwill 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 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.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.