PSEG’s 30-MW Bison Solar project in Colorado due for test output in August 2016

Bison Solar LLC on June 14 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accept for filing the proposed market-based rate tariff for Bison and authorize Bison to sell energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services at market-based rates.

Bison is a direct subsidiary of PSEG Solar Colorado LLC, a direct subsidiary of PSEG Solar Source LLC. Bison is building and will own and operate a 30-MW (ac) photovoltaic solar facility located 25 miles north of Fort Collins, Colorado. The Bison facility is located on property leased from the Platte River Power Authority. The Bison facility will be interconnected to Platte River Power Authority by way of a 34.5-kV transmission cable.

The commercial operation date for the Bison facility is Sept. 30, 2016. Bison anticipates generating test power beginning Aug. 15, 2016. All of the energy and ancillary services are firm and committed to Platte River Power Authority under a Power Purchase Agreement dated March 25, 2015.

The ultimate parent of Bison Solar is New Jersey-based Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG). Bison Solar described other subsidiaries of PSEG, including PSEG Fossil and its subsidiaries PSEG Power Connecticut LLC and PSEG Keys Energy Center LLC, which are currently beginning construction on three new gas-fired generation units.

  • PSEG Fossil is constructing Sewaren 7, which is a 540-MW combined cycle unit in Woodbridge, New Jersey, which is expected to be in-service in 2018;
  • PSEG Keys is constructing a 755-MW combined cycle unit in Prince George’s County, Maryland, which is executed to be in service in 2018; and
  • PSEG Connecticut is working on Bridgeport 5, a 485-MW combined cycle unit in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which is expected to be in service in 2019.

Since the last triennial filing with FERC in December 2013, PSEG Fossil has retired 1,813.5 MW (nameplate) inclusive of the following units:

  • Kearny 9 (18.6 MW)
  • Bergen 3 (18.6 MW)
  • Bridgeport 2 (179.5 MW)
  • Burlington 8 (18.6 MW)
  • Burlington 9 (162.4 MW)
  • Burlington 11 (162.4 MW)
  • Edison 1 (167.4 MW)
  • Edison 2 (167.4 MW)
  • Edison 3 (167.4 MW)
  • Essex 10 (167.4 MW)
  • Essex 11 (167.4 MW)
  • Essex 12 (167.4 MW)
  • Mercer 3 (115.2 MW)
  • National Park (18.6 MW)
  • Sewaren 6 (115.2 MW)

PSEG Nuclear LLC performed the following uprates since the late triennial filing:

  • an uprate of 120 MW at its Hope Creek plant in 2014, which increased its nameplate rating to 1,290 MW; and
  • an uprate to Peach Bottom 2 and 3 which increases PSEG’s share of the nameplate MWs by 241 MW for a updated nameplate of 704 MW for Peach Bottom 2 and 689 MW for Peach Bottom 3.
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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.