PJM files revised interconnect deal for 486-MW RC Cape May project

PJM Interconnection on Dec. 28 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a revised, executed Interconnection Service Agreement (ISA) with RC Cape May Holdings LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Atlantic City Electric for a gas-fired repowering project in New Jersey.

The RC Cape May ISA supersedes a prior ISA among PJM, RC Cape May and Atlantic City Electric.

The RC Cape May ISA facilitates the interconnection of the Cape May Energy Center, a natural gas-fueled combined-cycle facility located in Cape May County, New Jersey, that has a Maximum Facility Output of 486 MW. This Maximum Facility Output represents an increase of 34 MW over RC Cape May’s prior interconnection, which is for a retired coal- and oil-fired plant at the site.

The RC Cape May ISA indicates that the Cape May Energy Center has Capacity Interconnection Rights of 447 MW, which is the same level of Capacity Interconnection Rights specified in the ISA that is being superseded.

Because of the planned repowering of the generation facility at the Cape May Energy Center, the facility will now consist of one combustion turbine generator (Unit 1 CTG) and one steam turbine generator (Unit 1 STG).

The project is under PJM Queue Position #Y1-077. it is called the Cape May Energy Center (CMEC), and the old plant at te=he site was called the B. L. England Generating Station. It is at 900 N. Shore Road Beesleys Point, Upper Township Cape May County, New Jersey. The CTG will be capable of using Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) as a backup fuel.

On or before June 1, 2021, RC Cape May under the revised ISA must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units.

A company contact is: RC Cape May Holdings LLC c/o Rockland Capital LLC, 24 Waterway Avenue, Suite 800, The Woodlands, TX 77380, Attn: James Maiz, james.maiz@rocklandcapital.com, Phone: (281) 863-9006.

Incidentally, the New Jersey. Board of Public Utilities on Dec. 12 amended its prior Pipeline Safety and Municipal Land Use Orders that authorized South Jersey Gas Co. (SJG) to construct a proposed 21.6 mile natural gas transmission pipeline to condition its approval upon the N.J. Pinelands Commission’s issuance of a final decision finding that the pipeline is consistent with the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP).

This pipeline is designed to supply gas to the repowered B.L. England plant.

The board entered the orders in response to the Appellate Division’s court decision regarding appeals of the board’s orders. In a decision issued on Nov. 7, 2016, the Appellate Division affirmed the board’s decisions issued in July 2015 and December 2015, but remanded the matters to the board for the entry of amended orders so that the approval of the pipeline is conditioned upon the N.J. Pinelands Commission’s entry of a final decision finding that the pipeline is consistent with the minimum standards of the CMP.

The board approved the amended orders, which specify the board’s “approval of the pipeline and its construction is conditioned upon the issuance by the (Pinelands) Commission of a final decision finding that the pipeline is consistent with the minimum standards of the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP)” and “approval of SJG’s petition under N.J.S.A. 40:55D-19 is conditioned upon the Pinelands Commission’s issuance of a final determination finding that the Pipeline meets the minimum standards of the CMP.”

SJG’s proposed 21.6-mile natural gas pipeline is intended to serve the B.L. England power plant at Beesley’s Point in Upper Township and will also increase reliability of service through redundancy improvements for customers in Atlantic and Cape May counties. The project will provide redundancy for 142,000 SJG customers, while the conversion of the power plant from coal, oil and diesel fuels to cleaner natural gas will improve the environment and maintain electric service grid reliability.

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