Ohio EPA issues air permit for 940-MW Lordstown Energy Center

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 28 issued a final air permit-to-install for the Lordstown Energy Center, a nominal 940-MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) facility top be built in Lordstown in Trumbull County.

A public notice for the draft permit issuance was published in the Ohio EPA Weekly Review and appeared in the Warren Tribune Chronicle on July 28. The comment period ended on Aug. 27, with the permit issued the next day.

The permit covers project features like two combustion turbine generators, an auxiliary boiler, an emergency generator and a wet cooling tower. Each of the two gas turbines is described as: “Combined cycle combustion turbine (2,725 MMBtu/hr heat input turbine at ISO conditions and 179 MMBtu/hr heat input duct burner) with dry low NOx combustors, selective catalytic reduction (SCR), and catalytic oxidizer.” The permit mentions the 940 MW (nominal) figure, and also mentions 800 MW.

In other recent news for this project:

  • Clean Energy Future-Lordstown LLC has built-in to this planned project the ability to generate additional output of 140 MW above the base case amount of 800 MW, with that extra 140 MW subject to PJM Interconnection queue position #AB1-017. “This incremental output can occur without any changes to the existing Project’s equipment, or the addition of new equipment, beyond what was included and described in the Application. Once PJM has completed the Facilities Study stage (anticipated for this class of applicants in October 2016), the Company plans to file an amendment to increase the capacity of this Project to 940 MW,” said William Siderewicz, the president of Clean Energy Future-Lordstown, in July 31 testimony filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board in support of a March 23 application for a siting certificate on this project. Siderewicz told the board the company is on track for a financial closing in October of this year and is raising about $520 million of debt and $400 million of equity.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 27 granted a waiver to Clean Energy Future-Lordstown that was needed due to a timing issue related to the PJM capacity auction process. On June 12, Clean Energy Future–Lordstown (CEFL) requested a one-time, limited waiver of the procedural deadlines set forth in sections of the Reliability Pricing Model (RPM) rules of PJM’s Open Access Transmission Tariff (Tariff). The waiver allows CEFL to apply for, and PJM and PJM’s Independent Market Monitor to review, a Competitive Entry Exemption from the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) with respect to the Lordstown Energy Center. CEFL requested action as soon as possible, but no later than July 27, in order to obtain an exemption in time for the upcoming 2015 Base Residual Auction (BRA).
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