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Massive Expansion of Gas Power Set for Ohio

The gas-fired power business in Ohio is in line for a massive expansion in the next few years, with four projects representing about 4600 MW of new capacity going right now through the site approval process at the Ohio Power Siting Board

Harrison Power

On May 3, Harrison Power, LLC filed a pre-application notice with the board for a 1100-MW project. Under the pre-application system, a project developer seeks certain waivers of board siting requirements ahead of an actual full application for a site certificate. The May 3 notice doesn’t identify the backer of Harrison Power. Harrison Power has proposed a natural gas-fired combined-cycle power station with a generating capacity of up to 1100 MW in the Village of Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio. The facility is to be sited in the Harrison County Industrial Park.

The project will consist of two gas-fired, high-efficiency combustion gas turbines with two heat recovery steam generators and two steam turbines; natural gas will be sourced using one or multiple existing nearby pipelines. The project will provide power into the PJM Interconnection market.

Harrison Power told the board it anticipates that all necessary permits and the PJM interconnection process could be completed in the third quarter of 2018 and construction might proceed by fourth quarter 2018. Construction will take about 30 months, and commercial operations are anticipated for second quarter of 2021.

Oregon Energy Center

On April 19, Clean Energy Future-Oregon, LLC (CEF-O) filed a full application with the board proposing to develop, finance, build, own and operate the Oregon Energy Center, a new natural gas-fired, 955-MW combined-cycle facility located in the City of Oregon, Lucas County, Ohio.  Said the application: “The project will help meet electricity demand in the region, particularly in light of the recent and planned retirements of existing coal-fired generating assets located in Ohio and throughout the PJM Interconnection system. A total of 16.3 GW have retired in the PJM system since 2013 and another 5.1 GW are pending retirement by the end of 2020. Within Ohio alone, a total of 59 individual coal boilers have been decommissioned, which represents 10,003 MW of lost electrical generation. Notable coal plants that have closed located in the American Transmission System transmission zone, the same transmission zone as the project, include Toledo - ACME (288 MW), J.R. Whiting (328 MW) and Bay Shore Units 1 through 4 (631 MW). Other economically challenged regional plants include Avon Lake coal (778 MW) and Davis Besse nuclear (890 MW).”

The Oregon Energy Center project is identified in its PJM interconnect application as a maximum net 955-MW capacity and energy facility, and will use advanced Siemens H-class gas turbine/steam turbine combined-cycle technology. The project (except for limited-use emergency equipment) is designed to operate solely on natural gas and will not be designed to operate on fuel oil. CEF-O has determined that, based on a firm gas transportation plan and the abundant, low-cost natural gas in proximity to the project, including Utica shale gas, a back-up fuel such as fuel oil is not required.

The project schedule is based on the submission of this application in April 2017, the issuance of the OPSB certificate by fall 2017, and the commencement of commercial operation by summer 2020 in order to meet the anticipated summer peak load demands within the PJM marketplace.

CEF-O is a subsidiary of Clean Energy Future, LLC, a Massachusetts-based development company focused on non-utility electricity projects in the U.S. President William Siderewicz has more than 37 years of experience in developing and building non-utility power plants. Siderewicz was the principal responsible for developing and permitting the Oregon Clean Energy Center, located just north of this new project site.

Clean Energy Future was also the parent company of Clean Energy Future-Lordstown, the entity responsible for permitting the Lordstown Energy Center, currently under construction in Trumbull County, Ohio, and Clean Energy Future-Trumbull, the entity currently permitting a proposed 940-MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility also located in Trumbull County.

Through a competitive bid process, Fluor Corp., a global engineering firm, was selected as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Oregon Energy Center project, and is also serving as the design engineer to support the environmental permitting process.

Clean Energy Future-Trumbull

The full application on the Clean Energy Future-Trumbull project was filed with the board on Feb. 28. This project is identified in its PJM application as a maximum net 940-MW capacity and energy facility, and will use advanced H-class gas turbine/steam turbine combined-cycle technology to generate electricity.

The project (with the exception of limited-use emergency equipment) is designed to operate solely on natural gas and will not be designed to operate on fuel oil. The project site is located in an industrial area of the Village of Lordstown, within and adjacent to the Lordstown Industrial Park, a designated Enterprise Zone with Foreign Trade Zone status.

CEF-T told the board it intends to bid into PJM’s incremental Capacity Auction, for delivery of project capacity from summer 2020 through summer 2021. As part of this bid process, CEF-T will be making guarantees to PJM that the project will be operational by June 2020. If development delays occur, including issuance of permits, CEF-T said it will be subject to substantial financial penalties by PJM, since PJM would be relying upon capacity not operational when needed the most. The application added: “CEF-T is confident that this schedule is achievable and that the Project will be producing electricity on June 1, 2020, when the state of Ohio needs new electricity resources.”

Guernsey Power Station 

The fourth pending application at the board for a gas-fired project came on March 16. Guernsey Power Station, LLC (GPS) is proposing to develop, build and operate Guernsey Power Station, a new 1650-MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility located in Guernsey County, Ohio. GPS will use state-of-the-art combined-cycle technology and a dry air cooling system to reduce air emissions and minimize water use.

Said the application: “The facility will help meet energy demand in the region, particularly in light of the recent and planned retirement of existing coal-fueled generating assets located in PJM. Over 30,000 MW have retired since 2003 and almost 7,000 MW are pending retirement by the end of 2020, including several plants in Ohio. The Facility will help meet this need by providing additional base load and peaking capacity via its natural gas-fired, combined-cycle technology.”

This project will utilize three 1x1x1 single shaft power train configurations with a total plant nominal net generating capacity of approximately 1,650 MW. The facility will be located within an approximately 118-acre property that is located entirely within Valley Township, Guernsey County, Ohio.  The facility schedule is based on the submission of this application in March 2017, the issuance of the OPSB certificate by October 2017, and the commencement of commercial operation by the third quarter of 2020 in order to meet the anticipated demands within the PJM marketplace.

GPS was formed for the purpose of developing, owning, and operating the facility. GPS is being jointly developed by Apex Power Group, LLC and Caithness Energy, LLC.  Apex is a privately held power generation development company founded in 2007. Apex has successfully completed two major power generation projects: the Pio Pico Energy Center, a 300-MW peaking and load-following plant in San Diego County, California; and the Panoche Energy Center, a 400-MW peaking plant in Fresno County, California. Apex is also developing Neches Station, a quick-start, gas-fired combined-cycle facility capable of producing between 450 MW and 900 MW, located in Cherokee County, Texas.

Caithness is an independent power producer developing renewable energy and natural gas-fired facilities in the United States. Over the last 40 years, Caithness has successfully developed, operated, and owned interests in more than 42 power projects across the United States. Caithness recently partnered with Moxie Energy LLC to develop the Caithness Moxie Freedom Generating Station in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, a 1029-MW natural gas-fired generating facility that is currently under construction and targeted to be on line in mid-2018. Other recent achievements include development and construction of the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm, an 845-MW wind energy facility located in eastern Oregon, and development and construction of the Caithness Long Island Energy Center, a 350-MW gas-fired facility that has been providing Long Island, New York, with power since 2009. ♦


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