Ontelaunee Power pursues two expansion projects for Pennsylvania plant

Ontelaunee Power Operating Co. LLC is pursuing through PJM Interconnection two separate queue requests to add over 80 MW of capacity at its existing power plant in Pennsylvania.

PJM has posted to its website a System Impact Study, dated October 2015, that provides the documentation of a system assessment performed by PJM and FirstEnergy‘s Metropolitan Edison subsidiary in response to a request made by Ontelaunee Power for a 52.5 MW increase in capacity for the existing Ontelaunee Generation plant by way of installing inlet chillers. The total MFO of the existing Ontelaunee Generation plant remains unchanged at 574 MW.

In compliance with the Regional Transmission Expansion Planning (RTEP) protocol, Ontelaunee Power submitted a “System Impact Study Agreement” to PJM that identifies its plan to implement this Ontelaunee (queue #AA1-042) project. The plant is located at 5115 Pottsville Pike in Ontelaunee, Pa. The project would increase the summer output of the plant to 574 MW to match the existing winter capability. The proposed effective date for this Ontelaunee (AA1-042) project is Nov. 4, 2016. This study does not imply a FirstEnergy commitment to this in-service date. 

A second System Impact Study, also dated October 2015, provides the documentation of a system assessment performed by PJM and FirstEnergy in response to a request made by Ontelaunee Power for an increase in capacity output for the existing Ontelaunee Generation plant by way of modifying/upgrading the turbines to achieve an additional 34.1 MW of generation capability. This project is an incremental increase to the previously submitted AA1-042 project and increases the total Ontelaunee Power facility output to 608.1 MW. 

Ontelaunee Power had submitted a ” System Impact Study Agreement” to PJM that identifies its plan to implement this Ontelaunee (queue #AA1-043) project. The proposed effective date for this project is also Nov. 4, 2016. This study does not imply a FirstEnergy commitment to this in-service date.

The Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) website lists Ontelaunee as a 560-MW (net), gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine plant that works at intermediate load and went commercial in 2002.

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