Ohio board okays uprate of gas-fired Oregon project to 960 MW

The Ohio Power Siting Board on June 30 granted an application filed by Oregon Clean Energy LLC to amend its certificate to construct an electric generating facility in Oregon, Ohio, allowing an increase of capacity from the original 799 MW to 960 MW.

In May 2013, the board had approved a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for this project at the 799-MW size. On March 7 of this year, Clean Energy filed this application for a fourth amendment to its certificate, proposing to increase the facility’s electric generating output from 799 MW to 960 MW. Clean Energy said the increase in capacity is associated with use of duct firing under colder temperature conditions than originally considered. Clean Energy was not proposing any change in equipment related to this amendment.

According to board staff, PJM Interconnection completed a system impact study and confirmed that the electric transmission grid can accommodate the increase in generation.

The board found in its June 30 approval that the “proposed amendment of the Oregon generation facility project promotes the public convenience and necessity and will not result in any material increase in any social or environmental impacts. Furthermore, the amendment does not constitute a substantial change in the location of all or a portion of such facility.”

PJM on June 8 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a revised, executed Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) with Oregon Clean Energy LLC and American Transmission Systems Inc. (ATSI) that includes this uprate.

The Oregon Clean Energy ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of a 960-MW facility located in Oregon, Ohio. The Maximum Facility Output of 960 MW includes an increase of 161 MW over Oregon Clean Energy’s previous interconnection. The Oregon Clean Energy ISA indicates that Oregon Clean Energy shall have Capacity Interconnection Rights in the amount of 845 MW consisting of 799 MW that Oregon Clean Energy had at the Point of Interconnection prior to the interconnection request associated with the Oregon Clean Energy ISA and 46 MW associated with the interconnection request resulting in the Oregon Clean Energy ISA.

Under this agreement, on or before May 28, 2017, Oregon Clean must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units.

The project is under PJM queue #Y1-069 and #AA1-056. The Oregon Energy Center is located on N. Lallendorf Rd. in Lucas County, near Toledo. It consists of two 313-MW gas combustion turbines and one 336-MW steam turbine.

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