Interconnect deal filed for 129-MW Friendswood gas-fired project in Texas

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC on Oct. 13 filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas an amended Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement with Friendswood Energy Genco LLC for a 129-MW, simple-cycle project.

Under this agreement, signed in September, Oct. 16 of this year is the date by which Friendswood must provide a written notice to proceed with design, procurement, and construction of the transmission interconnection facilities and provide security so that CenterPoint may maintain schedule to meet the planned in-service date. The in-service date is 15 months after notice to proceed is given, this agreement is executed and security is provided. The commercial operation date is three months after the transmission facilities in-service date.

The agreement covers the Friendswood Energy Generation Project, which will have a Point of lnterconnection near CenterPoint’s H. O. Clarke Substation, located at 12100 Hiram Clarke Road, Houston, Harris County, Texas. The plant will have one generator with a total net rating of 129 MW, which is projected to be the plant’s Net Dependable Capability, as defined by Electric Reliability Council of Texas requirements. That one unit will be a Westinghouse 501D5 natural gas-fired combustion turbine generator.

A developer contact listed in the agreement is: Friendswood Energy Genco LLC, Attn: Kenny Koncaba, 1911 Creekwood Lane, Friendswood, TX 77546, Phone: (281) 731-6323,

Koncaba’s LinkedIn page shows him as CEO of Texan Bank, co-founder and manager of Friendswood Energy Genco and founding director of Friendswood Capital Corp. The page shows him with a past job at Texas-New Mexico Power.

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