Gas, renewables account for new generation additions in February

Basin Electric Power Cooperative has commissioned its 45 MW Pioneer 2 peaking unit in North Dakota and it was the largest conventional peaking plant to come online during February as renewable energy accounted for the rest of the new power generation.

That's according to the monthly energy infrastructure update from FERC's Office of Energy Projects. The report was posted on the FERC website March 20.

Overall, there was 99 MW of wind power, 92 MW of wind power and the 45 MW of natural gas-fueled generation deployed during the month of February.

During the first two months of 2014 there has been 568 MW of new installed capacity brought online. That's far behind the pace for the first two months of 2013 when 2,170 MW of new generation was brought into service.

Basin Electric recently announced that its 45 MW Pioneer Generating Station Unit 2 project in Williams County, ND is online. The power generated serves the electricity loads of drilling and oil production activities of the Bakken formation development in the state.

On the renewable front, Pheasant Run Wind II LLC's 75 MW Pheasant Run Wind project in Huron County, Wisconsin is online. The power generated is sold to DTE Energy under long-term contract. Here is a rundown of some of the other projects deployed during February.

·      Baywa r.e. Brahms LLC's 20 MW Brahms Wind project in Curry County, N.M., is online. The power generated is sold to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and Farmers Electric Cooperative under long-term contracts.

·      Fort Hays State University's 4 MW Fort Hays State University Wind Farm project in Ellis County, KS is online. The power generated is used on site at the university campus.

·      Recurrent Energy has completed four solar projects totaling 73 MW in California: 40 MW Recurrent Rosamond Solar, 5 MW Recurrent Rio Grande, and 10 MW Recurrent Columbia 3 in Kern County; and 18 MW Recurrent Victor Phelan Solar One in San Bernardino County. The power generated from all four projects is sold to Southern California Edison under long-term contracts.

·      SunE DM LLC's 6 MW Davis Monthan AFB Solar expansion project in Pima County, AZ is online.

·      Garrell Solar Farm LLC's 5 MW Garrell Solar Farm project in Columbus County, NC is online. The power generated is sold to Progress Energy Carolinas under long-term contract.

·      Moore Solar Farm LLC's 5 MW Moore Solar Farm project in Rockingham County, NC is online. The power generated is sold to Duke Energy under long-term contract.

Author: Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants.

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