November marked another slow month for new generation installation

Less than 230 MW of new electric generation was installed during November with most of that coming from one wind project in Minnesota, according to the latest infrastructure data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC’s Office of Energy Projects released its monthly Energy Infrastructure Update for November on Dec. 29. It shows that November was another slow month for commissioning new power projects.

Only 229 MW of new generation was installed during the month. During the first 11 months of 2015, FERC recorded 9,877 MW of new electric generation installed. By contrast, 13,541 MW of new capacity was installed from January through November 2014.

FERC should release its final monthly update for 2015 within a few weeks.

The Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) 200-MW Pleasant Valley Wind Project in Dodge and Mower Counties, Minn., is online. The power generated is sold to Xcel’s utility affiliate Northern States Power Co. under long-term contract. The project was initially developed by RES Americas.

Also during the month:

  • Qualcomm Inc.’s 4-MW natural gas-fired Qualcomm Q-Addition Cogeneration Plant and Data Center Expansion Project in San Diego County, Calif., came online.
  • Indiana Municipal Power Agency’s 2-MW Pendleton Solar Park in Madison County, Ind., came online, and;
  • SPW Solar Holdings 1 LLC’s 20-MW Sierra Solar Greenworks Project in Los Angeles County, Calif., is online. The power generated is sold to Edison International (NYSE: EIX) subsidiary Southern California Edison under long-term contract.
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