Wheelabrator Saugus readies for end of deal to sell power to New England Power

Due to the expiration at the end of this year of a long-term power purchase agreement with New England Power Co., Wheelabrator Saugus Inc. on Sept. 25 petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of a Market-Based Rate Tariff that will allow the company to make open-market sales of this power.

Its facility is located in Saugus, Massachusetts, and the current PPA covers all of the facility’s output. This is an approximately 56.3-MW (nameplate) waste-to-energy small power production facility. It is a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, as amended.

The facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by New England Power (NEP) and operated by ISO New England (ISO-NE). Said the filing: “[T]he PPA will terminate on December 31, 2015, after which Seller intends to sell the output of the Facility into the wholesale market operated by ISO-NE. Except for the limited interconnection facilities necessary to connect the Facility to the grid, Seller does not own or control any electric transmission facilities.”

Wheelabrator Saugus is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Wheelabrator Environmental Systems Inc., which is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. (WTI). WTI’s principal business is the development, ownership, and operation of waste-to-energy and other waste-fueled and gas-fired electric generation facilities.

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