Indeck raises public awareness for 1,000-MW project in Michigan

Indeck Energy Services has launched a public awareness website for its 1,000-MW Indeck Niles Energy Center project, which will be a next generation, state-of-the-art plant fueled by natural gas and located northeast of Niles, Michigan.

The facility will use combined-cycle technology. Indeck Niles is being developed to fill the need for generating resources created by the decommissioning of coal-fired plants in the region, the website noted.

The Niles location provides Indeck Energy with a central access point to existing natural gas transmission lines and a distribution network throughout the Midwest, the website says. The location of the project within the Niles Industrial Park also enables the company to minimize traffic congestion and environmental hazards associated with building in a city center.

Indeck Energy said it is working through the permitting process now. Based on timelines established by the Michigan Department of Environmental Qualiity, it anticipates permitting to take a minimum of 12 months. Construction is projected to take 2.5 years after a fall 2017 construction start, with the facility opening in 2020.

Indeck Niles LLC on Sept. 7 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) a notice of self-certification as an Exempt Wholesale Generator. It said the facility will interconnect with American Electric Power and will sell power into the PJM Interconnection market.

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

Indeck Energy Services proposes to interconnect a 994-MW natural gas-fired facility to the AEP transmission system in Michigan, said a PJM study on the project dated June 2016. The point of interconnection is located approximately one mile west of the existing Kenzie Creek 345/138 kV substation. This point will tie together the Cook–Kenzie Creek 345 kV circuit section and the Cook–East Elkhart 345 kV circuit section via a new switching station.

The proposed project, under PJM queue #AA2-116, is to be located in Cass County, Michigan. The requested in-service date is April 1, 2020. Cass County is in southwest Michigan, right along the border with Indiana.

This would be a 2×1 combined cycle facility with a Maximum Facility Output (MFO) of 994 MW. AA2-116 consists of two combustion turbine generators and a single steam turbine generator.

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