Indeck Niles advances 1,000-MW project in Michigan at DOE level

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability will publish in the Sept. 21 Federal Register a notice saying that on Sept. 7, Indeck Niles LLC, as owner and operator of a new baseload power plant, submitted a coal capability self-certification under the Powerplant and Industrial Fuel Use Act of 1978 (FUA).

This notice, incidentally, doesn’t mean the developer has any real plan to burn coal at the plant. The FUA is a remnant of the 1970s oil crisis days, when coal was considered to be the most reliable domestic fuel for power generation.

The brief DOE notice said this a 1,000-MW plant to be located at the Niles City Industrial Park in Niles, Michigan, with an in-service date in May 2020.

Indeck Niles LLC on Sept. 7 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an Exempt Wholesale Generator. Indeck Niles said in that notice that it will operate a 1,000-MW natural gas-fueled cogeneration facility under development in Niles, Michigan. The facility will interconnect with American Electric Power and will sell power into the PJM Interconnection market. The facility is expected to begin generating test energy in 2020.

Indeck Niles is a subsidiary of Indeck Energy Services Inc., a developer and owner of generation in the United States.

A company contact is: Wendy Taube, Counsel, Indeck Niles LLC, 600 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Suite 300, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089, wtaube@indeckenergy.com.

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