950-MW Renovo Energy Center plant being permitted in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a brief notice in the Sept. 26 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it got an Aug. 20 application from Renovo Energy Center LLC out of Frederick, Maryland, for an air permit on the 950-MW Renovo Energy Center.

This would be a combined cycle power plant to be located in the Borough of Renovo in Clinton County, Pa., said the notice.

In the April 7 edition of The Record newspaper in Clinton County, an official of the Clinton County Economic Partnership is quoted as announcing preliminary details of a proposal to locate a state-of-the art gas-fired power plant at the Renovo Industrial Park. Partnership President Mike Flanagan and Renovo Rail representative Jim Russo released the sketchy information on what will be known as the Renovo Energy Center.

Flanagan said there was still a long way to go to bring the proposal to a construction stage. Russo said Renovo Rail has 57 acres at the site, with another 15 acres owned by an individual. He cited proximity to the Dominion Transmission facility nine miles away as a plus for the proposed site, plus a main electricity transmission line for New York State located on a hill above the Renovo Rail holdings.

June 23 article in the same local newspaper said that environmental work is the next phase of the project as activity picks up at the Renovo Industrial Park. Preliminary site work for the power plant was described as “marking and flagging” as part of an environmental study effort. Also due to start was construction of a weather data tower on site. Flanagan was quoted in the article as saying: “We are still hopeful that it can be a 2017 project.” He called the current activity part of an ongoing due diligence effort.

Notable is that the corporate office address given in the DEP notice for Renovo Energy Center LLC – 5275 Westview Drive in Frederick, Md. – is also the address for a local office of Bechtel Power.

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