AEP files revises interconnect deal for 730-MW La Paloma project in Texas

American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of affiliate AEP Texas Central Co., on Jan. 27 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Third Amended and Restated ERCOT Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement dated Jan. 5 with La Paloma Energy Center LLC.

La Paloma Energy Center plans to interconnect a generating plant to AEP Texas Central’s transmission system. The plant will be located in Cameron County, Texas. The parties agreed to amend and restate the Second Amended and Restated Agreement for the purposes of revising the schedule for La Paloma ’s notice to commence construction; revising the schedule for La Paloma’s second, third and fourth security installments; and making certain other changes.

There is no specific scheduled commercial operation date in this agreement, with that coming after certain other milestones are met. La Paloma’s Fuerza Substation will be located at 24684 FM 1595, Harlingen, Texas, in Cameron County approximately 0.3 miles east of FM 509. There will be three Points of Interconnection, each located at one of three dead-end structures inside AEP Texas Central’s Potencia 345 kV/138 kV Station that terminate the 345-kV transmission lines from the Substation.

This power project has a nominal 730 MW of capacity comprised of two units at 230 MW each and one unit at 270 MW. It consists of two Siemens air-cooled combustion turbine generators and one Siemens hydrogen-cooled steam turbine generator.

A project contact is: La Paloma Energy Center, Attn: John Upchurch, 3608 Preston Road, Suite 225, Plano, TX 75093, That is contact information for Coronado Power Ventures, which says on its website that besides La Paloma, it is developing the 730-MW Pinecrest Energy Center combined cycle project in Lufkin, Texas.

American Electric Power Service Corp. in July 2015 had filed with FERC a Second Amended and Restated ERCOT Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement for the La Paloma project. The commission initially accepted the original ERCOT SGIA in October 2014, then accepted a First Amended and Restated agreement on March 17 of last year. In the second amendment, the parties agreed to add six months to the schedule for the generator’s notice to commence construction, decrease plant capacity from 758 MW to 730 MW, and revise generating unit turbine types. The project previously consisted of two General Electric 7FA.05 combustion turbines and one Hitachi steam turbine.

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