Developer pursues 685-MW, gas-fired project in West Virginia

ESC Brooke County Power I LLC has proposed a combined-cycle natural gas-fired generating facility located approximately 10.4 miles south of the Wylie Ridge substation on the Tidd-Wylie Ridge 345-kV line located in Brooke County, West Virginia.

PJM Interconnection, in a study on the project dated April 2016, said the installed facilities will have a total capability of 685 MW with 685 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is June 1, 2020. This study does not imply a Monongahela Power commitment to this in-service date.

This project, under PJM queue #AA2-121, would interconnect with the Mon Power transmission system by constructing a new three breaker ring bus station on the Tidd-Wylie Ridge 354-kV line.

A diagram in the back of the study shows this project as consisting of two 330-MW combustion turbines, and one 330-MW steam turbine, with Maximum Facility Output of 685 MW.

The intent of this 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 power project developer. This study is a mid-point in the PJM queue process.

West Virginia Secretary of State corporate records show that the only member of ESC Brooke County Power I LLC is Energy Solutions Consortium Holdings LLC, 360 Delaware Ave., Ste 406, Buffalo, NY 14202.

That is the office address for Energy Solutions Consortium LLC, which says on its website that it is focused on developing gas-based projects in Appalachia. “Most recently, the Energy Solutions team members developed a large combined cycle plant in the PJM Interconnection (Moundsville Power 565 MW), taking the project from concept to a fully permitted status in under 20 months,” said the website. “Energy Solutions leverages the unique skills of its members across multiple disciplines (power and gas markets, environmental, construction management, finance, and tax structure) to deliver efficient and effective solutions to complex projects. Energy Solutions believes in maximizing value by reducing development timelines through detailed risk mitigation practices and site selection due diligence processes.”

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