560-MW combined-cycle project in New Jersey seeks DOE certification

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability will publish in the April 6 Federal Register a notice about a 560-MW power plant in New Jersey that’s due for operation in 2019.

On March 15, 2016, Middlesex Energy Center LLC, as owner and operator of a planned combined cycle power plant, submitted a coal capability self-certification to DOE under the Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act of 1978 (FUA). The FUA is a remnant of the oil crisis days of the 1970s and the filing of such a certification is routine and doesn’t indicate any desire by the project developer to actually burn coal.

DOE’s brief notice said the Middlesex Energy Center project will have a capacity of 560 MW and that it would be located in the Borough of Sayreville, Middlesex County, New Jersey. It’s projected in-service date is May 2019.

Middlesex Energy Center LLC has proposed a natural gas-fired generating facility located in Middlesex County, N.J., that will have a total capability of 560 MW with 560 MW of this output being recognized by PJM Interconnection as capacity. PJM, in a System Impact Study for this project dated September 2015, said the 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 developer.

The project would interconnect with Jersey Central Power & Light (JCPL). This project, under queue #AA1-098, will interconnect with the JCPL transmission system along the Raritan River-Red Oak 230-kV line. A map in the study shows the Middlesex Energy Center would be located just west of the Red Oak Power Plant.

The PJM website shows the project is still in the queue process, with a culminating Interconnection Service Agreement still in the works.

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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.