FERC clears White Pine Unit 1 in Michigan for retirement

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 17 accepted a Sept. 1 request from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator to terminate a System Support Resource (SSR) Agreement with White Pine Electric Power LLC for the provision of SSR service by White Pine Unit No. 1 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Said FERC: "In this order, the Commission accepts MISO’s Request for Termination, effective November 26, 2016, as requested."

White Pine Unit No. 1 is a generator turbine located in White Pine, Michigan, within the footprint of the American Transmission Co. LLC (ATC), with a nameplate capacity of 20 MW.

Under MISO’s Tariff, market participants that have decided to retire or suspend a generation resource must submit a notice (called an Attachment Y) at least 26 weeks prior to the resource’s retirement or suspension effective date. During this 26-week notice period, MISO will conduct a study to determine whether all or a portion of the resource’s capacity is necessary to maintain system reliability, such that SSR status is justified. If so, and if MISO cannot identify an SSR alternative that can be implemented prior to the retirement or suspension effective date, then MISO and the market participant can enter into an SSR agreement.

On April 15, 2014, MISO submitted the first SSR agreement between White Pine and MISO to ensure the continued availability of White Pine Unit No. 1 as an SSR Unit (White Pine 1 SSR Agreement). It has been extended since then.

MISO states that on Aug. 25, 2016, it informed White Pine that its application for retirement of White Pine Unit No. 1 was approved, effective Nov. 26, 2016, and that MISO would file to terminate the Second Revised White Pine SSR Agreement. According to MISO, development of a reconfiguration plan on the ATC system renders unnecessary the need for continued service by White Pine Unit No. 1 after Nov. 26.

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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.