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Plenty of New Natural Gas Power Plants Came Online in April

More than 1800 MW of new natural gas generating capacity came online during April, according to a monthly update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Altogether, 2467 MW of new capacity came online during April, the FERC Office of Energy Projects said in its monthly Energy Infrastructure Update. The staff report was posted on the FERC website June 5.

From January through April of this year 8783 MW of new generating capacity has been commissioned in the United States. That’s well ahead of last year’s clip when 6559 MW of new capacity was deployed during the first four months of 2016.

   New Generation In-Service, April 2017

 Primary Fuel Type

 Installed Capacity (MW)

Number of Units 

 Natural Gas  1814  14
 Wind  428  4
 Solar 225   10

Sources: FERC, April Energy Infrastructure Report. Data derived from Velocity Suite, ABB Inc. and The C Three Group LLC, which include plants with nameplate capacity of 1 MW or greater. The data may be subject to update. 

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) 1100-MW natural gas-fired Paradise Plant expansion in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, is the largest power plant to come online during April. TVA has invested approximately $1 billion to build a gas-fired plant that will replace Paradise coal units 1 and 2.

In addition, the Interstate Power & Light Co.’s 657-MW natural gas-fired IP&L Co Marshalltown combined-cycle in Marshall County, Iowa, is online.

The following is a list of other projects deployed during the month of April:

• Alpaca Energy LLC’s 21-MW natural gas-fired Alpaca Energy Project in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, is online.

• Milan Energy LLC’s 21-MW natural gas-fired Milan Project in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, is online.

• University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s 15-MW natural gas-fired UTMB at Galveston Project in Galveston County, Texas, is online.

• Old Settler Wind LLC’s 150-MW Cotton Plains Wind Phase 2 Expansion Project in Floyd County, Texas, is online.

• Lindahl Wind Project LLC’s 150-MW Lindahl Wind Project in Williams County, North Dakota, is online.  Lindahl has a long-term power purchase agreement with Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

• Tyler Bluff Wind Project LLC’s 126-MW Tyler Bluff Wind Project in Cooke County, Texas, is online.

• East Pecos Solar LLC’s 120-MW East Pecos Solar Project in Pecos County, Texas, is online.

• Solaire Homan 1 Inc.’s 50-MW Solaire Holman 1 Project in Brewster County, Texas, is online.

• Westside Solar LLC’s 20-MW Westside Solar Energy Center in Fresno County, CA is online.

• Phantom Solar LLC’s 15-MW Fort Phantom Solar Expansion Project in Jones County, Texas, is online.  

• Alabama Power Co.’s 10-MW Fort Rucker Solar Project in Dale County, Alabama, is online.




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