FERC data shows October was slow month for installing new power generation

October was not a big month for bringing online new electric generation projects in the United States, according to the latest data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Only 243 MW of new generating capacity was commissioned during October, according to the monthly Energy Infrastructure Update from FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.

Most of the new generation capacity was due to a 200-MW wind project in Kansas.

Buckeye Wind Energy LLC brought online its 200-MW Buckeye Wind project in Ellis County, Kansas. The power generated is sold to Lincoln Electric System under long-term contract.

A few renewable projects of 10 MW or less were also commissioned. They include:

AP North Lake Solar LP’s 20 MW Diamond Valley Lake Solar Phase 1 Project in Riverside County, Calif., is online. The power generated is sold to Riverside Public Utilities under long-term contract.

Sustainable Power Group LLC’s 10 MW SEPV Palmdale East Solar Project in Los Angeles County, Calif., is online. The power generated is sold to Edison International (NYSE:EIX) utility Southern California Edison under long-term contract.

CB&I Environmental & Infrastructure Inc.’s 9.6 MW landfill gas-fired JED Renewable Gas to Energy Facility in Osceola County, FL is online. The power generated is sold to Orlando Utilities Commission under long-term contract.

No natural gas plants commissioned during the period.

During the first 10 months of 2015, FERC reports that 9,575 MW of new generating capacity has come online. By contrast, 10,597 MW of new electric generating capacity were installed during the first 10 months of 2014, according to the FERC update.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.