Hickory Run Energy advances 1,000-MW project in the PJM queue system

Hickory Run Energy LLC has proposed a natural gas generating facility located in Lawrence County, Pa., that will have a total capability of 1,000 MW with 870 MW of this output being recognized by PJM Interconnection as capacity.

Hickory Run Energy is an affiliate of LS Power.

A PJM study on the project, dated September 2015, said the proposed in-service date for this project is June 2018. This study does not imply a American Transmission Systems Inc. (ATSI) commitment to this in-service date, PJM noted. This project, under PJM queue #AA1-044, will interconnect with the ATSI transmission system along the Shenango-Hoytdale 345-kV line. Project AA1-044 was studied with a commercial probability of 100% using a Summer Peak 2018 case.

The AA1-044 project is a combined-cycle facility made up of one steam turbine and two gas turbine generators. The steam turbine is modeled at 420 MW gross winter output, and each gas turbine is modeled at 302 MW gross winter output, with 24 MW being consumed as auxiliary service load. For this stability study, the AA1-044 project was studied as a total net injection of 1,000 MW into the FirstEnergy/ATSI 345-kV transmission system.

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 Hickory Run Energy. This study is a mid-point in the process of nailing down an Interconnection Service Agreement for this project.

There hasn’t been much other news on this project lately. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in August 2014 that it had granted an 18-month deadline extension under an air permit, to April 2016, for Hickory Run Energy LLC to start construction on its 900-MW power plant. The permit was issued in April 2013. The company sent a letter to the department stating that a slower than anticipated recovery in the local PJM electrical markets resulted in it being unable to finance the project and commence construction prior to the initial October 2014 deadline.

Hickory Run is listed in a project map on the LS Power website as a project that is under development.

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