Hybrid solar/biogas power project pursued in New Jersey

The Cumberland County Improvement Authority has proposed a 13.5 MW MFO (7.3 MWC; 13.5 MWE) combined solar and reciprocating engine generating facility to be located in Millville, New Jersey.

PJM Interconnection said in a project study dated March 2016 that the generating facility will be configured as a 10-MW solar facility and a 3.5-MW biogas-fueled engine/generator set. PJM studied this project, under queue #AA2-044, as a 13.5-MW injection into the Atlantic City Electric system as a tap of the Sherman-Carll’s Corner 69 kV circuit and evaluated it for compliance with reliability criteria for summer peak conditions in 2019. The planned in-service date, as stated during the kick-off call, is Dec. 1, 2017.

The authority requested a 69-kV transmission level interconnection. As a result, the AA2-044 project will connect with the ACE transmission system at a new 69 kV three-breaker ring bus substation to be constructed adjacent to the Sherman–Carll’s Corner 69-kV circuit.

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. It is a mid-point in a queue process that eventually leads to an Interconnection Service Agreement.

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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.