Indeck pursues interconnect for 994-MW, gas-fired project in Michigan

Indeck Energy Services proposes to interconnect a 994-MW natural gas-fired facility to the American Electric Power transmission system in Michigan, said a PJM Interconnection study on the project dated June 2016.

The point of interconnection is located approximately one mile west of existing Kenzie Creek 345/138 kV substation. This point will tie together the Cook–Kenzie Creek 345 kV circuit section and the Cook–East Elkhart 345 kV circuit section via a new switching station.

The proposed project, under PJM queue #AA2-116, is to be located in Cass County, Michigan. The requested in-service date is April 1, 2020. Cass County is in southwest Michigan, right along the border with Indiana. AEP’s local regulated utility is Indiana Michigan Power.

The objective of this System Impact Study is to determine budgetary cost estimates and approximate construction timelines for identified transmission facilities required to connect the proposed generating facilities to the AEP system. It is a mid-point in a queue process that eventually leads to the signing of an Interconnection Service Agreement.

Indeck Energy Services is expected to obtain, at its cost, a station site for the AEP facilities. Ownership of the new in-line switching facility and associated equipment would be transferred from Indeck Energy Services to AEP upon successful completion of the required work. A 345 kV line extension is required to loop through the proposed station. The new AEP switching station is assumed to be located immediately adjacent to the existing transmission lines.

This would be a 2×1 combined cycle facility with a Maximum Facility Output (MFO) of 994 MW. AA2-116 consists of two combustion turbine generators and a single steam turbine generator.

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