VIDEO: EcoPower works its Kentucky biomass project through PJM

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EcoPower is working with PJM Interconnection on a project with a queue number of Y2-086, covering a 62.5-MW biomass-fired facility connecting to American Electric Power’s (AEP) Engle 69-kV substation via a 1.4-mile transmission line, according to GenerationHub.

“The proposed location for the generating facility is at the Coal Fields Industrial Park, 1244 Coal Fields Industrial Drive, Chavies, Perry County, Kentucky,” said a system impact study on the project from PJM dated October 2014. “The facility is expected to obtain backfeed no earlier than 8/15/15, in anticipation of achieving Commercial Operation in early 2016.”

The objective of this study is to provide a plan of service for interconnection at Engle Station and an engineering estimate of the associated costs. A site visit was performed as part of the feasibility study to confirm physical constructability of the proposed facilities, a step normally taken during a facilities study. This review resulted in changes from the interconnection configuration proposed when this project was previously studied as queue positions V3-055, W2-062 and W4-039.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission in October 2013 approved Kentucky Power’s Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement with ecoPower Generation-Hazard LLC for power out of a 58.5-MW biomass-fired project in Perry County. The ecoPower plant will burn various wood wastes and low-quality timber. Kentucky Power is a unit of AEP.

Evidence in that case showed that this project would interconnect via its own 69-kV power line to the Engle substation. Said the PSC’s October 2013 order: “The ecoPower Biomass Facility is to be built on a 125-acre tract of reclaimed coal mine land situated within the Coal Fields Regional Industrial Park.”

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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.

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