PJM works on interconnection for 78-MW Rocky Forge Wind project in Virginia

PJM Interconnection, in a System Impact Study dated September 2015, looks at the interconnection of the 78.2-MW Rocky Forge Wind LLC project to the Virginia Electric and Power system.

The intent of the System Impact Study is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation interconnection project to the PJM network at a location specified by the the project developer. The study is a mid-point in the process of PJM working out a final Interconnection Service Agreement with the developer.

Rocky Forge Wind has proposed a wind facility located southeast of Daggers Springs, Virginia. The installed facilities will have a total capability of 78.2 MW with 10.1 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity.

The proposed in-service date for this project is Dec. 14, 2017. This study does not imply a Virginia Electric and Power commitment to this in-service date, PJM noted. This project, under PJM queue #AA1-038, will interconnect with the Virginia Electric and Power transmission system via a new three breaker ring bus switching station that connects on to the Lexington–Low Moor 230-kV transmission line.

Says an Apex Clean Energy website for this project: “Apex Clean Energy is investigating the potential for Rocky Forge Wind, and we will be actively meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about the project over the next several months. We are excited to be a part of your community. Many of the details about the proposed Rocky Forge Wind project are yet to be determined. For example, it’s far too early to determine which wind turbine model we will use and exactly how many there will be within the project. However, as we continue to develop this project, more of these details will be determined, and we will share project updates with you here on this site.” 

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