The 690-MW Cane Run 7 combined-cycle natural gas unit in Kentucky was the largest U.S. power generation project to come online during July, according to a monthly report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The facility built by PPL’s (NYSE:PPL) Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) has been commissioned in Jefferson County, Ky., according to the Energy Infrastructure Update from the FERC Office of Energy Projects.
Unit 7 replaces the old coal-fired Units 4, 5 and 6.
Cane Run was the only significant gas-fired power project to come online during July. There were several renewable projects that entered service during the month. They include:
•Goose Lake Solar LLC’s 12 MW Goose Lake Solar Project in Kern County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Berkshire Hathaway Energy utility PacifiCorp under long-term contract.
• SPS Corcoran West LLC’s 20 MW SPS Corcoran West Solar Project in Tulare County, CA is online. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric under long-term contract.
• Osage Wind LLC and Enel Green Power North America’s 150 MW Osage County Wind Project in Osage County, OK is online. The power generated is sold to Associated Electric Cooperative under long-term contract.
• MC Power’s 3 MW Macon Solar Power Project in Macon County, MO is online.
During the first seven months of 2015, FERC reports that 4,958 MW of new electric generating capacity has started commercial operation. That’s well behind the 6,628 MW total commissioned during the first seven months of 2014.
The biggest difference appears to be in the amount of natural gas-fueled generation. Only 1,866 MW of new natural gas-fired capacity came online through July of this year, whereas 3,327 MW of gas-fired capacity was deployed during the first seven months of 2014.