Air permit changes being made for 1,500-MW Lackawanna project in Pa.

Lackawanna Energy Center LLC is nearing a new air permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection covering changes to its 1,500-MW project, gas-fired project.

The DEP said in a notice in the May 14 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it intends to issue the proposed Air Quality Plan Approval to construct, own, and operate a natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant to produce a nominal 1,500 MW of electricity in Jessup Borough, Lackawanna County, and is soliciting comments on that plan approval.

Said the notice about this previously-permitted project: “This Plan Approval is for a configuration change to the plant layout but does not add any new emission sources or increase emission levels which have already been reviewed under Plan Approval 35-00069A. The modification proposes utilizing (3) smaller steam turbines and three (3) smaller air cooled condensers in place of the original planned single steam turbine and single air cooled condenser. The steam turbines and air cooled condensers are not air emission sources, therefore this plan approval does not change emission limits imposed under the previously issued Plan Approval (35-00069A).”

A June 20 public hearing will be held for the purpose of receiving comments only specific to the proposed reconfiguration of the steam turbines and air cooled condensers within the proposed air quality plan approval.

Invenergy LLC announced April 25 that it recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for this project. It is expected to be operational in 2018. It will be one of the most efficient power plants in the United States. Equipped with General Electric’s latest technology, the plany will generate fewer emissions and feature the highest-efficiency combustion turbines in their class. As a combined-cycle facility, it will maximize usage of the heat from natural gas as fuel, increasing efficiency.

“The Lackawanna Energy Center will be one of the best power plants in the country, and it is an important project for the community,” said Invenergy’s Founder, President and CEO Michael Polsky.

During construction, which will be facilitated by Kiewit Power Constructors, the project will employ up to 800 construction labor jobs during peak construction months.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas and Europe. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 12,912 MW of projects that are in operation, construction or advanced development, including wind, solar, natural gas-fueled power generation and energy storage projects.

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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.