80-MW Kimberly Run wind project in Pennsylvania working through PJM queue

Kimberly Run LLC has proposed a wind generating facility located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, with the installed facilities having a total capability of 80 MW with 13% of that (10.4 MW) being counted as capacity.

A PJM Interconnection study on the project dated Octopber 2016 said that this facility, under queue #AA1-046, will interconnect with the Pennsylvania Electric (Penelec) transmission system to the Allegheny-Somerset 115-kV line, between the Pride Substation and Somerset Substation, approximately 0.41 mile from the Pride Substation. This project is located in southwestern Pennsylvania.

An Interim Deliverability Study will need to be performed by PJM since the Facilities Study Commercial Operation Date is Dec. 1, 2017, and the original study year was 2018. The developer chose “Option to Build” (OTB) for the interconnection substation.

The developer’s requested Commercial Operation Date (COD) for the facility is Dec. 1, 2017. Penelec’s proposed schedule might not match the developer’s requested Milestone Schedule. A Project Kickoff meeting must occur by Nov. 1, 2016, to meet the Milestone Schedule listed below:

  • 10/15/2017 – Initial Back-feed through Project Substation
  • 12/01/2017 – Project Commercial Operation Date

The developer was advised by Penelec during the Facilities Study Kick-Off call (12/21/2015), that a 10/31/2017 back-feed date was more feasible due to outage concerns. Developer agreed to assume the risk of keeping the back-feed date of 10/15/2017.

This Generation Interconnection Facility Study Report is a mid-point in the PJM queue process. These studies don’t usually identify the backer of a project development company, though in this case a map in the study is stamped with the Everpower Wind Holdings logo.

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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.