Fortistar power plant in New York now allowed to make open-market sales

Because an existing power plant now can make outside power sales, Niagara Mohawk Power d/b/a/ National Grid on June 2 submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an Amended and Restated Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) with Fortistar North Tonawanda Inc.

The Fortistar LGIA is an undisputed agreement between National Grid and Fortistar for the continued provision of interconnection service to the generating facility owned by Fortistar and located in Oxbow, New York, which has been executed by both parties. National Grid requests that the commission accept the new Fortistar LGIA as of the effective date of June 1, 2015.

Fortistar owns and operates a 68.5-MW combined cycle, natural gas-fueled plant. The commission in 1989 first certified the plant as a “qualifying cogeneration facility” (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. Since 1987, National Grid has been a party to a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for all electricity produced at the plant. National Grid told FERC that it and Fortistar have amended the PPA to eliminate the terms providing for National Grid to purchase all of the excess output of the plant, creating the potential for Fortistar to sell electricity produced at the plant to third parties in addition to National Grid effective June 1 of this year.

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