EDF’s McHenry Battery seeks market authority from FERC for Illinois project

McHenry Battery Storage LLC on July 18 petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

McHenry Battery Storage is indirectly wholly-owned by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF-RE). McHenry owns and operates a 20-MW (nameplate) battery in Illinois that is connected to the distribution system of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). The battery is charged from the ComEd distribution system and McHenry has entered into a Wholesale Market Participant Agreement with PJM Interconnection in order to engage in wholesale transactions within the PJM market. Therefore, the McHenry facility functions as the equivalent of generation.

Since the ComEd transmission system is subject to the operational control of PJM and McHenry is a market participant in the PJM market the relevant market for the market power analysis is the PJM balancing authority area (BAA). All the electric energy and capacity from the facility will be sold into the PJM market. McHenry has filed a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

EDF-RE is a holding company that is wholly owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles S.A., a company organized under the laws of France, which in turn is wholly owned by Électricité de France S.A., which is owned by the French government (84.49%), with a small percentage of shares held by the current and former employees and the remaining shares owned by the public.

In addition to McHenry, in the PJM BAA, EDF-RE indirectly wholly-owns or controls three other generation facilities, including Kelly Creek Wind LLC, which is developing and will own and operate an approximately 184 MW (nameplate) wind facility and related generation interconnection facilities to be located in Ford and Kankakee counties in Illinois. Kelly Creek has filed a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator. The project is expected to produce test power in September 2016. It will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by ComEd and operated by PJM. All the electric energy and capacity will be sold into the PJM market.

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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.