80-MW Kimberly Run wind project in Pa. advances in the PJM queue system

Kimberly Run LLC has proposed an 80-MW wind generating facility located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, said a PJM Interconnection study on the project dated September 2015.

The installed facilities will have a total capability of 80 MW with 10.4 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is in December 2017. This study does not imply a Pennsylvania Electric (Penelec) commitment to this in-service date, PJM noted. The Point of Interconnection for this project, under queue #AA1-046, will be in the Penelec transmission system at the Somerset-Allegheny 115-kV line.

The intent of this System Impact Study is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation interconnection project to the PJM network at a location specified by Kimberly Run. This study is a mid-point in the process of getting an Interconnection Service Agreement from PJM.

Said the EverPower Wind Holdings website about this project: “The Kimberly Run Wind project is a proposed 80 MW wind farm located in the Towns(hips) of Brothers Valley and Somerset in Somerset County, PA. The project will be located on primarily farmland and recreational land and could include up to 40 turbines when completed. The project’s point of interconnection is expected to be just north of the project area on a 115kV transmission line. Current plans will utilize a turbine at 100 meter (330 feet) hub height and will include a series of project roads and overhead and underground collection and transmission lines throughout the project area.”

Both a map on the EverPower website and a map in the PJM study show the northern point of the project area as nearly abutting the south side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a main east-west highway across Pennsylvania.

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