Duke lodges system agreement for 75-MW solar project in North Carolina

Duke Energy Carolinas LLC (DEC) on July 27 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an Affected System Operating Agreement with McBride Place Energy LLC, which is developing a 75-MW solar project in North Carolina.

In May 2015, DEC was contacted by personnel from North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. (NCEMC), a generation and transmission cooperative owned by municipal electric utilities in North Carolina that operate power delivery systems within DEC’s Balancing Authority Area. NCEMC is also a wholesale transmission customer of DEC.

NCEMC informed DEC that a proposed new generator to be interconnected directly to the system of Union Power Cooperative, a member of NCEMC, might cause adverse impacts on the DEC system. NCEMC secured the consent of the interconnection customer to share its name and details concerning its proposed generation facility with DEC. NCEMC described to DEC that the name of the interconnection customer is McBride Place Energy and that its proposed new generator is an approximately 75 MW solar photovoltaic facility to be interconnected to a 100-kV transmission line owned by Union Power located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. That line in turn is served from DEC’s 100-kV Locust retail delivery point.

In June 2015, DEC met with NCEMC, Union Power, and McBride and all parties agreed that DEC should conduct a Facilities Study to determine the impacts of the proposed generator interconnection on DEC’s system. The Facilities Study Report issued in January 2016 indicated a need for Network Upgrades on DEC’s transmission system and contains the estimated costs and timeline for construction of such upgrades.

In March 2016, DEC and McBride entered into negotiations to create an Affected System Operating Agreement setting forth the terms and conditions relating to the impact of the proposed generation facility on DEC’s system and the Network Upgrades to the DEC system needed to accommodate the proposed interconnection of such generation facility. 

The agreement calls for a project commercial operation date of Sept. 1, 2017.

A project contact is: Tal McBride, Managing Partner, McBride Energy, 2002 Lee Highway, #16005, Bristol, VA 24209, tal@mcbrideenergy.com.

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