Tihali Wind pursues PJM clearance for nearly 209 MW project in Pennsylvania

Tihali Wind Turbines LLC has proposed a wind generating facility located in Carbon County, Pa., that will have a total capability of 208.5 MW with 27 MW of this output being recognized by PJM Interconnection as capacity.

The proposed in-service date for this project is June 2016. This study does not imply a PPL Electric Utilities (PPL EU) commitment to this in-service date, said PJM in a System Impact study in the project dated September 2015. 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 projecty developer.

This project, under PJM queue #AA1-103, will interconnect with the PPL EU system along the Harwood-Siegfried 230-kV line. In order to interconnect with the PPL EU system, a new 230-kV switchyard will be required. The AA1-103 customer is required to procure and acquire the land necessary for this new interconnection switchyard, including all associated permits and easements.

This project consists of 39 General Electric 2.5XL wind turbines and 50 Siemens SWT-2.3 turbines collected through eight 34.5-kV feeders to a step-up substation. The turbines will be modeled as one unit and will inject 208.05 MW into PPL EU’s system.

A December 2013 article in a local newspaper, Lehigh Valley Business, about this project quotes Chris Myers of Global Resource Advisors LLC, a consulting firm that is facilitating the project. Myers said the owner of the project company is Tiku Patel, an entrepreneur who owns several companies and has done smaller-scale energy development projects.

The website of consulting firm T&M Associates says: “T&M is serving as the land development and environmental permitting consultant on a $400 million wind turbine project. The wind park, located in Carbon County, PA, has the potential to power 60,000 homes with the installation of 80 wind turbines producing up to 200 MW of power. The power then can be purchased by electric companies to be used by their customers. The energy developer, Tihali Wind Turbines, LLC, has an agreement to purchase 4,500 acres of land, and only 10 to 12 percent of it will be disturbed by the project.”

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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.