MISO files interconnect for 30-MW expansion of Neal 4 coal unit

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator on Feb. 2 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Generator Interconnection Agreement with MidAmerican Energy as both the interconnection customer and the interconnecting transmission owner that covers the uprate of a coal-fired unit in Iowa.

MISO has designated this project as Project No. J279 in its interconnection queue. MidAmerican is the operating agent for the existing George Neal Energy Center South Unit 4, a 645-MW (net) coal-fired General Electric turbine-generator unit. Project J279 expands the existing facility by 30 MW to a new total capacity of 675 MW (net).

This is a joint-owned facility, where MidAmerican Energy owns 40.57%, Corn Belt Power Cooperative owns 8.695%, Interstate Power and Light owns 25.695%, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative owns 4.860%, Northwestern Corp. owns 8.681%, Algona Municipal Utilities owns 2.937%, Bancroft Municipal Utilities owns 0.347%, Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities owns 0.521%, Graettinger Municipal Light Plant owns 0.174%, Laurens Municipal Light and Power Plant owns 0.521%, Milford Municipal Utilities owns 0.347%, Spencer Municipal Utilities owns 1.215%, City of Webster City, Iowa, owns 2.604%, Municipal Electric Utility of Cedar Falls owns 2.500%, and Grundy Center Municipal Utilities owns 0.333%. MidAmerican Energy is the operating agent for the facility and is authorized to execute this GIA.

The targeted commercial operation date for this extra 30 MW is coincident with the effective date of this GIA.

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