FERC okays market authority for 832-MW plant LS Power will buy

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 7 accepted a May 18 application from  Aurora Generation LLC for market-based rate authority to sell power out of an 832-MW plant in Illinois.

Aurora Generation is a recently-formed, indirect subsidiary of LS Power Development LLC. It expects to acquire the Aurora Generating Station, an approximately 832 MW (summer rating) natural gas-fired facility in Du Page County, Illinois, and certain associated assets from NRG Wholesale Generation LP. That buy would be under a Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated May 11, 2016, among NRG Wholesale, NRG Ilion Limited PartnershipNRG Rockford Acquisition LLC and RA Generation LLC.

Aurora Generation had asked that the commission issue an order granting the market authority application by June 30.

The FERC approval noted: “You state that Aurora Generation will own and operate an 832 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired electric generation facility located in DuPage County, Illinois within the PJM market. You further represent that Aurora Generation is an indirect subsidiary of LS Power Development LLC, and is affiliated with approximately 5,490 MW of electric generation within the PJM market and an additional 1,451 MW of electric generation located in the markets first-tier to the PJM market. You state that Aurora Generation does not own or control any transmission facilities.”

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