MISO terminates interconnect deal for shelved Wisconsin Public Service project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator on Oct. 28 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of termination of a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and American Transmission Co. LLC for a discontinued expansion plan for the existing Fox Energy Center.

The GIA had been filed with FERC on June 25 of this year. Said MISO: “Interconnection Customer intended to build, own, and operate a 475-MW generating facility in Outagamie County Wisconsin (the ‘Project’) which was identified as Project No. J293 in the Transmission Provider’s interconnection queue.”

MISO didn’t give a reason for the termination. The GIA shows that the site for this one-on-one combined cycle generator, consisting of one combustion turbine generator and one steam turbine generator, was to be the Fox plant, with an interconnect into the Fox River Switching Station.

In other news related to this shelved project:

  • The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on Oct. 19 approved a revised structure for a $750 million debt package that Wisconsin Public Service Corp. would use if it decides to move forward with the gas-fired Fox Energy Center Unit 3 project. The approval covers a utility plan to issue and sell up to $750 million aggregate principal amount of long-term debt securities.
  • Wisconsin Public Service Corp. on June 3 officially withdrew an application with the PSC for approval of its Fox Energy Center Unit 3 project. The commission, in its May 21 approval of the Wisconsin Energy/Integrys merger, said that Wisconsin Electric Power has excess generating capacity and that WPSC may no longer need the Fox Unit 3 project. WPSC can apply again for this project at some point in the future if it can demonstrate a capacity need at that time.
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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.