Cane Run combined-cycle facility was largest project deployed in July

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.

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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.