Pace of new generating capacity through April still lagging well behind 2014

Only 561 MW of new power generation, all of it from renewable energy, came online during April, according to data released May 22 by an office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In addition, the amount of generating capacity commissioned during the first four months of this year is lagging far behind the same point in 2014, according to the monthly Energy Infrastructure Update from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.

The latest infrastructure report indicates that 1,900 MW of new generation capacity has come online during the first four months of 2015. By contrast, 3,287 of new capacity was added during the first four months of 2014, FERC reported.

The Texas Jumbo Road Wind LLC’s 300-MW Hereford 2 Wind Project in Deaf Smith County, Texas, was the biggest facility to come online last month. The power generated is sold to Austin Energy under long-term contract.

The Mesquite Creek Wind LLC 211-MW project in Dawson County, Texas also entered commercial operation.

In addition, Algonquin Power commissioned the 40-MW Bakersfield Solar Project in Kern County, Calif. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric under long-term contract.

A number of smaller solar projects came online during April:

Terraform Power’s two solar projects in Maryland are online: 2.5 MW Cecil County School of Technology Solar Project in Cecil County and 2.1 MW Pocomoke City Wastewater Solar in Worcester County. The power generated at both projects is used onsite.

Houghton College’s 2.5 MW Houghton College Solar Project in Allegany County, N.Y., is online. The power generated is used onsite.

SolarCity’s 1.3 MW Halfmoon Solar Project in Saratoga County, N.Y., is online. The power generated is sold to National Grid under long-term contract.

Consolidated Edison Solutions’ 1.3 MW Port Richmond Waste Water Treatment Solar Project in Richmond County, N.Y., is online.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.