100-MW Maryland wind project pushed back from 2015 out to 2018

Mills Branch Wind LLC has proposed a 100 MWE (13.0 MWC; 100 MW MFO) wind facility to be located in Kent County, Maryland.

PJM Interconnection said in a Facilities Study for this project dated August 2015 that it studied this project, under queue #Y3-033, as a 100-MW injection into the Delmarva Power and Light (DPL) system at a tap of the Kennedyville-Massey 69-kV circuit and evaluated the project for compliance with reliability criteria for summer peak conditions in 2017. The planned in-service date, as stated in the Attachment N, was originally Sept. 15, 2015.

The scope of the project as stated in the revised Impact Study, submitted in August 2014, has remained relatively unchanged. However, DPL identified the need for the installation of optical fibers (OPGW) on Circuit 6727 to support communications and proper relay from Church Substation to the proposed Point of Interconnection (POI). The DPL portion of the project is projected to be completed approximately 24-30 months following an executed Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) and Construction Service Agreement (CSA).

On April 23 of this year, Mills Branch Wind revised the in-service date to Dec. 31, 2017. Because the construction schedule for the DPL work is 24-30 months, after receipt of a fully executed Interconnection Service Agreement and Interconnection Construction Service Agreement, the Dec. 31, 2017, date cannot be met, the study said. As a result, a calculated date of April 30, 2018, which coincides with 30 months, was used for the in-service date in the ISA and CSA.

Notable also is that an April 2014 PJM study on this project had it at 129 MWE (16.8 MWC; 129 MW MFO), so the project size has dropped.

Said a project website: “Apex Clean Energy is exploring the feasibility of constructing Mills Branch Wind, a utility-scale wind energy project, in rural eastern Kent County, Maryland. … The proposed Mills Branch Wind project is located more than five miles from downtown Chestertown. The project is expected to include about 25 to 35 modern wind turbines, which will be interspersed across active farmland south of Hwy 213 and north of Hwy 291, providing ample distance between the project area and the Chester and Sassafras Rivers.”

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