Oregon Clean Energy working 161 MW of extra capacity through PJM queue system

Oregon Clean Energy LLC is advancing through the PJM Interconnection queue system a request for additional capacity for its gas-fired, combined-cycle project in the Toledo, Ohio, area.

Under this latest queue request, the installed facilities will have a capability of 161 MW with 46 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity, said a study on the project from PJM dated February 2016. This is an increase to Oregon Clean Energy’s queue #Y1-069 project, which will share the same property and connection point. The Y1-069 project will have a capability of 799 MW with 799 MW being recognized as capacity. The total capability of the combined Y1-069 and AA1-056 projects will be 960 MW with 845 MW being recognized by PJM as capacity.

The proposed in-service date for the AA1-056 project is May 2017. This study does not imply an American Transmission System Inc. (ATSI) commitment to this in-service date, the PJM study noted. AA1-056 will interconnect with the ATSI transmission system along the Bay Shore-Fostoria and Bay Shore-Monroe 345-kV lines.

The AA1-056 project is a combined-cycle unit made up of one steam turbine and two gas turbine generators. The steam turbine is modeled at 336.2 MW gross winter output, and each gas turbine is modeled at 324.3 MW gross winter output with 24.7 MW being consumed as auxiliary and station service load. For this stability study, the AA1-056 project was studied as a total net injection of 960.1 MW into the ATSI 345-kV system.

The intent of the System Impact Study is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation interconnection project to the PJM network at a location specified by the Oregon Clean Energy. It is a mid-point toward working out an Interconnection Service Agreement.

In other recent news for this project, Generation Pipeline LLC applied Jan. 20 to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for authority to issue long-term debt in the aggregate principal amount of up to $33.5 million, with that money to support the construction of a gas pipeline lateral to this project. Generation Pipeline is a direct and wholly owned subsidiary of North Coast Gas Transmission LLC. North Coast is currently developing the Oregon Lateral Pipeline, an approximately 22-mile, 24-inch, high-pressure steel pipeline having a capacity of approximately 330,000 MMBtu/day and associated facilities. North Coast received a certificate for the construction of the Oregon Lateral Pipeline from the Ohio Power Siting Board, effective as of Jan. 6, 2015.

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