Rockland seeks EWG status for to-be-acquired power plant of NRG

Shelby County Energy Center LLC, formed by Rockland Capital LLC to hold a to-be-acquired power plant in Illinois, on Nov. 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an Exempt Wholesale Generator.

Shelby County is a newly-formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockland Power Partners II LP. Upon receipt of the applicable regulatory approvals, Shelby County plans to acquire NRG Wholesale Generation LP’s interest in the Shelby County Generating Station.

Shelby County was formed for the sole purpose of being in the business of owning and operating the Shelby County Facility. Shelby County will sell the output of the Shelby County Facility exclusively at wholesale at market-based rates or otherwise at wholesale pursuant to tariffs approved by the commission, and is seeking market-based rate authority from the commission.

The Shelby County Facility is a natural gas-fired facility located in Neoga, Illinois, that consists of eight General Electric LM6000PC aeroderivative combustion turbine units. Each unit is rated at 44 MW (summer) for a station total of 352 MW (summer). The Shelby County Facility also includes 138-kV electrical interconnection facilities that connect to the transmission system owned by Ameren Illinois, and a natural gas lateral that interconnects to Trunkline Gas Co.’s gas transmission system.

NRG Wholesale Generation LP and Shelby County Energy Center LLC also applied Nov. 20 for FERC approval of this deal. Shelby is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockland Power Partners II LP (RPP II), an equity fund with investors that include U.S. endowments and foundations, funds of funds, pension plans and family offices, and groups of investors. RPP II’s General Partner is Rockland Power Partners II GP LLC, which is managed by Rockland Capital LLC.

The total summer internal available capacity in the Midcontinent ISO is approximately 144,447 MW. Affiliates of Shelby currently own or control (or will own or control) 1,130.2 MW of generation capacity in MISO, which includes Gibson City (228 MW summer), Grand Tower (511 MW summer), Sabine (87.2 MW summer), Tilton (176 MW summer) and Michigan Power LP (128 MW summer), said the application.

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