Commercial ops of 649-MW Indeck Wharton plant in Texas pushed back to 2019

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC on July 15 filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas an amendment to the ERCOT Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement between CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric and Indeck Wharton LLC.

The original SGIA was executed by the parties in September 2014 to govern the interconnection of Indeck’s proposed generation plant system of CenterPoint Energy. It set forth a targeted commercial operation date for the plant of on or around Nov. 1, 2016. Indeck under this new SGIA revision is changing the commercial operation date to on or around Feb. 1, 2019.

As a result of Indeck’s change to the date, ERCOT requires CenterPoint Energy to conduct a new Facilities Study to supersede and replace the original Facilities Study dated February 2014.

The SGIA covers the Indeck Wharton Generation Facility. The Point of Interconnection is at CenterPoint’s NORDIC Substation, located at the northwest intersection of Hwy 71 and FM 441, Danevang, Wharton County, Texas. The power plant will be comprised of three generators with a total net summer rating of 649 MW, which is projected to be the plant’s Net Dependable Capability, as defined by ERCOT requirements. The plant would be three natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators rated at approximately 217.9 MW each, comparable to the General Electric 7F.05 model.

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