PJM working on interconnect deal for 180-MW Apex wind project in Virginia

An affiliate of Apex Clean Energy is making progress at PJM Interconnection to get its 180-MW wind project in Virginia an eventual Interconnection Service Agreement, with PJM issuing a May 2015 study on the project.

Pinewood Wind, LLC (APEX) proposes to interconnect PJM Project #Z2-042, a 180 MW (23.3 MW Capacity) wind generating facility (78 – 2.3 MW wind turbines) to the American Electric Power (AEP) Transmission System,” said the study. “The point of interconnection is located east of the Wurno 138 kV station on the Wurno–Claytor 138 kV line. The location of the proposed wind project is in Pulaski County, Virginia. The requested in-service date is December 31, 2017.”

The objective of this PJM System Impact Study, which is a mid-point in the PJM queue process, is to determine budgetary cost estimates and approximate construction timelines for identified transmission facilities required to connect the proposed generating facilities to the AEP Transmission System.

Apex Clean Energy confirmed Feb. 10 that it is in the early development stages of two potential wind power projects in Virginia. Apex said it is developing a Botetourt County project called Rocky Forge Wind as well as a project in Pulaski County called Pinewood Wind.

Apex envisions Rocky Forge with a generating capacity of up to 80 MW. It would use up to 25 modern, slow-spinning wind turbines. The Rocky Forge project is located in a remote section of northern Botetourt County about five miles northeast of Eagle Rock on private land along Powder Mountain. 

As for Pinewood, it could have a capacity of up to 180 MW and could come online in the 2017-2018 period. The Pinewood project is located in southern Pulaski County, mostly on Boy Scouts property, about seven miles southeast of the Town of Pulaski.

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