ESC Harrison plans West Virginia application for combined-cycle project

The attorneys for ESC Harrison County Power LLC filed a Nov. 14 notice with the West Virginia Public Service Commission that ESC Harrison intends to file no sooner than 30 days from the date of this notice an application for a siting certificate “to construct an exempt wholesale electric generating facility (combined cycle – natural gas fired), interconnecting transmission lines, and any necessary appurtenances in Harrison County, West Virginia.”

This notice was filed under the commission’s rules governing Siting Certificates for Exempt Wholesale Generators. No further details of the project were given in the Nov. 14 notice.

ESC Harrison County Power LLC has proposed a combined-cycle natural gas-fired facility located about 1.5 miles southeast of the Glen Falls substation in Harrison County, West Virginia, said a May 2016 study on the project from PJM Interconnection. The installed facilities will have a total capability of 550 MW with 550 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is June 1, 2020. This study did not imply a Monongahela Power commitment to this in-service date.

For this project, which has PJM queue #AA2-119, the connection from the Mon Power transmission system to ESC Harrison’s facilities will be provided through a direct connection to the 138 kV bus in the Glen Falls substation. A diagram in the study shows the project will be made up of a 437-MW combustion turbine and a 244-MW steam turbine.

The intent of this System Impact Study is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation interconnection project to the PJM network at a location specified by the power project developer. It is a mid-point in a queue process that eventually leads to an Interconnection Service Agreement. The project entered the queue in April 2015.

The West Virginia Secretary of State corporate database shows the only member of ESC Harrison County Power is Energy Solutions Consortium Holdings LLC, 360 Delaware Ave., Ste 406, Buffalo, NY 14202. The website of Energy Solutions Consortium LLC shows the same street address, with the company saying that it develops gas-based projects, including power plants and LNG facilities, with a focus in the Appalachian Basin.

Notable is that the Nov. 14 letter to the PSC shows a copy of the letter being sent to a John Black. There is a John Black listed on the Energy Solutions Consortium website as the Vice President of Development.

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