On March 30, CPV Valley LLC, as owner and operator of a new base load electric power plant, submitted a coal capability self-certification to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act of 1978 (FUA), as amended, and DOE regulations.
DOE said in a notice in the April 27 Federal Register that CPV Valley plans the 720-MW CPV Valley Energy Center in Middletown, N.Y. The planned in-service date is Oct. 15, 2017. No other details of the project were given in the brief DOE notice.
Coal capability certification is routine and doesn’t really mean there is an actual plan to burn coal at any given plant. It is just a regulatory exercise left over from the energy crisis days of the 1970s, when oil supply and usage became a key energy security issue.
Affiliates of Competitive Power Ventures and other companies on March 26 applied with the New York State Public Service Commission for a non-aproval or an approval for a complex series of change-in-control transactions related to several companies, including CPV Valley. CPV Valley is developing a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility. The commission granted CPV Valley a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under Section 68 of the Public Service Law for this project, and determined that CPV Valley would be subject to lightened regulation as an electric corporation.