PJM files revised interconnect for Lackawanna project in Pennsylvania

PJM Interconnection on Oct. 9 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed interconnection service agreement with Lackawanna Energy Center LLC, developer of a 1,000-MW project, and transmission owner PPL Electric Utilities Corp.

The Lackawanna ISA, which replaces an earlier version of the agreement, facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of 1,000 MW (Maximum Facility Output) at the Lackawanna Thermal Generating Station Facility, to be located in Jessup Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. The Lackawanna ISA indicates that Lackawanna will have 1,000 MW of Capacity Interconnection Rights at the Point(s) of Interconnection specified in this ISA. 

This project is under PJM queue position #X4-048. The project features three natural gas combustion turbines and one heat recovery steam generator, the agreement said, without adding further details.

Under the revised agreement, on or before Dec. 31, 2017, Lackawanna Energy Center must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units.

In other recent news:

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a notice in the Aug. 1 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it intends to issue an Air Quality Plan Approval to Lackawanna Energy Center LLC for the purposes to construct, own, and operate a 1,500-MW (nominal) natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant in Jessup Borough, Lackawanna County. Each of three combined-cycle process blocks includes one General Electric Model 7HA.02 natural gas-fired combustion turbine (CT) and one heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) with duct burners, with all three blocks sharing one steam turbine. The project increased in size during the DEP permitting process. The extra capacity is subject to separate PJM queue review.
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC on June 19 asked FERC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a gas pipeline expansion project in Pennsylvania that will increase capacity on its system by about 180,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day. It is called the Triad Expansion Project. Tennessee requested the issuance of this certificate by May 31, 2016, so it can meet the Nov. 1, 2017, in-service date requested by Invenergy LLC on behalf of its subsidiary, Lackawanna Energy Center, which has executed a binding precedent agreement for all of the project’s capacity.

Said Invenergy’s project website: “With its state-of-the-art technology, the 1,480 megawatt Lackawanna Energy Center will be one of the most efficient power plants in the United States. Equipped with GE’s latest technology, it will use less fuel and generate fewer emissions. Our energy center will feature best-in-class equipment: three gas-powered turbines, three heat recovery steam generators, and a steam turbine.”

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