Greenidge Generation seeks market rate authority at FERC for revived New York plant

Greenidge Generation LLC, which plans to revive a formerly coal-fired power plant in New York, on Oct. 6 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to designate it as a Category 1 Seller in all regions and grant it authorization to make wholesale sales of electric capacity, energy and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Greenidge is the owner of the Greenidge Generating Station in Yates County New York. Greenidge Station consists of a biomass- and gas-fired generating facility known as Greenidge Unit 4 (112 MW nameplate) located in the retail service territory of New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG). The unit had previously fired coal.

In conjunction with industry restructuring, NYSEG sold the Greenidge Station to AES NY LLC in 1999. The plant operated until 2011, when Unit 4 was placed into temporary protective layup. In December of that year, the controlling companies filed for bankruptcy. In bankruptcy, ownership of the plant was transferred to GMMM Greenidge LLC, a subsidiary of GMMM Holdings LLC. GMMM Holdings sold its ownership interests in GMMM Greenidge to Atlas Holdings LLC in February 2014. Atlas Holdings changed the name of GMMM Greenidge LLC to Greenidge Generation LLC.

“Greenidge is in the process of securing the permits and approvals necessary to resume operation of the Plant,” the application noted, “including a new interconnection agreement under the Open Access Transmission Tariff of the New York Independent System Operator, Inc. (‘NYISO’). Greenidge expects to have the Plant online as an energy resource by the end of 2015.”

An affliate, Greenidge Pipeline LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenidge Pipeline Properties Corp., are jointly developing an intrastate natural gas pipeline to deliver natural gas from the Empire Connector interstate natural gas pipeline to the plant, the FERC application noted.

Greenidge Generation also filed with FERC on Oct. 6 a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

In other developments for this project:

  • Greenidge Pipeline and Greenidge Pipeline Properties filed on Sept. 24 with the New York State Public Service Commission for approvals on the natural gas pipeline project to serve the Greenidge power plant. The planned pipeline will be eight inches in diameter with a maximum allowed operating pressure (MAOP) of 1,440 pounds per square inch and will extend approximately 4.5 miles from an interconnection with the Empire Connector interstate natural gas pipeline in the Town of Milo, Yates County, to the Greenidge Station.
  • Greenidge Generation on Sept. 10 applied at the New York PSC for an Original Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity so it can re-start Greenidge Unit 4. Greenidge requested expedited action in order to permit the facility to be fully operational upon the issuance of the air permits, or as soon as possible thereafter. Greenidge said in the application, dated Sept. 9 and filed on Sept. 10, that it anticipates that New York regulators will issue the air permits on or about Nov. 1, 2015.
  • The New York Department of Environmental Conservation was out for public comment until Sept. 11 on an air permit change for Unit 4. Said an Aug. 12 notice from the department: “Greenidge Generation LLC has applied for a Title V Facility Permit and Title IV (Acid Rain) Facility Permit, for resumption of electric generating operations its Greenidge Generating Station in the Town of Torrey. Greenidge Station was in operation as early as the 1930’s, with Unit 4 installed in 1953 for a total generation capacity of 161 MW. In 2006 significant improvements to emission control equipment were installed on Unit 4 and in 2011 the plant was placed in protective lay-up status by its prior owner and has not operated since March, 2011. The proposal would reactivate Unit 4 with a generating capacity of 107 MW. The unit would not burn coal, but instead be fired with biomass, natural gas, and minimal amounts of waste oil, all of which were previously authorized in the facility’s prior Title V permit. The sponsor will also fully convert the facility to use natural-gas as the primary fuel.”
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.