Calpine files with DOE for up-to-456-MW project in New Jersey

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability will say in a May 19 Federal Register notice that on April 12, Calpine New Jersey Generation LLC applied to cover a new combined cycle power plant under a coal capability self-certification.

This self-certification is under the Power Plant and Industrial Fuel Use Act of 1978, which is a relic of the 1970s oil crisis days. This doesn’t mean there is any real-world plan to burn coal at this facility.

The brief DOE notice said this project would be a nominal 446 MW in size using a General Electric turbine, or 456 MW (nominal) in size using a Siemens turbine. The project location is 373 North Broadway, Pennsville, New Jersey, DOE noted. The planned in-service date is on or after June 1, 2019.

That is the address for Calpine’s Deepwater power plant.

Calpine Mid-Atlantic Development LLC has proposed a 158 MW MFO (158 MWC) upgrade to its prior queue position W3-175 resulting in a 529-MW MFO (529 MWC) generating facility, said an updated study on the project, dated December 2015, from PJM Interconnection.

The natural gas-fueled combined cycle facility is arranged in a one combustion turbine/one steam turbine generator configuration. The project is to be located at Calpine’s existing Deepwater Energy Center in Pennsville, Salem County, New Jersey, said the PJM study.

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