Ohio board to review Oregon Clean Energy uprate to 960 MW at June 30 meeting

The Ohio Power Siting Board is due at its June 30 meeting to review an application from Oregon Clean Energy LLC to uprate its in-construction, a natural gas-fired combined cycle facility in Oregon, Ohio.

The board certificated this project in May 2013. Through this amendment application, the company proposes an increase in the facility’s electric generating output from 799 MW to 960 MW. No change in equipment is being proposed. The capacity increase is associated solely with allowing for use of duct firing under colder temperature conditions than originally considered, noted a board staff report dated May 16.

The additional output reflects the capability of the selected generator technology, as well as the addition of duct-fired operation at colder ambient temperatures, when power demand may be high. The applicant has updated its Ohio Environmental Protection Agency-issued Air Permit-to-Install to reflect emissions guarantees, allow generation of additional output, and allow for greater operational flexibility through simultaneous combustion turbine starts. The proposed change would not require any physical change to the facility. As a result, the proposed change would not increase any ecological, cultural, or socioeconomic impacts.

PJM Interconnection has completed a System Impact Study, under queue number AA1-056, for the incremental energy generation. The PJM study confirmed that the incremental increase can be accommodated by the electric transmission grid.

Board staff in the May 16 report said the amendment application meets the necessary criteria for granting an amended certificate and recommended approval.

PJM on June 8 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a revised, executed Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) with Oregon Clean Energy LLC and American Transmission Systems Inc. (ATSI) that includes the uprate. The new Maximum Facility Output of 960 MW includes an increase of 161 MW over Oregon Clean Energy’s previous interconnection. Under this agreement, on or before May 28, 2017, Oregon Clean must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units.

The project is under PJM queue #Y1-069 and #AA1-056. The Oregon Energy Center is located on N. Lallendorf Rd. in Lucas County. It consists of two 313-MW gas combustion turbines and one 336-MW steam turbine.

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