PJM revises interconnect for smaller Clinch River ex-coal plant

PJM Interconnection filed on March 24 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed interconnection service agreement that covers the shutdown last year of a coal-fired unit at the Clinch River power plant of Appalachian Power, and changes in two other units currently being converted from coal to gas.

The ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM transmission system of the Clinch River Power Plant, a generating facility with a Maximum Facility Output (“MFO”) of 705 MW located at 3464 Power Plant Road, Cleveland, Virginia. The Clinch River Power Plant currently consists of Unit 1, having a MFO of 250 MW, Unit 2, having a MFO of 250 MW, and Unit 3, having a MFO of 205 MW. The MFO of Units 1 and 2 represents an increase of 15 MW for each, and the MFO of Unit 3 represents a decrease by 30 MW.

The ISA indicates that APC shall have Capacity Interconnection Rights (“CIRs”) in the amount of 690 MW, consisting of 250 MW for Unit 1, 250 MW for Unit 2, and 190 MW for Unit 3. This represents a combined increase in CIRs of 40 MW associated with Units 1 and 2, and a reduction in CIRs of 40 MW associated with Unit 3. The coal-fired Unit 3 was deactivated effective May 31, 2015, however the MFO and CIRs of Unit 3 are included in the Specifications of the APC ISA because, consistent with the terms of the PJM Tariff, Unit 3 retains its Capacity Interconnection Rights for one year after deactivation.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.