GVEA Challenges Second Interconnection Request from Colorado Firm

Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) has received another proposal from a company that wants to add a mixture of wind, propane and diesel-fired power to the Interior’s electric grid. GVEA is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to review Eco Green Generation LLC’s (EGG) latest proposal to ensure that the project meets federal regulatory requirements.

This second interconnection request from Eco Green Generation of Monument, CO, was received on February 20, 2019, and is significantly different in scope than EGG’s initial proposal dated December 26, 2018.

EGG’s latest proposal increases the number of fossil fuel-burning cogenerating units from 11 to 20 and increases the total amount of firm power EGG would deliver and GVEA would be mandated to purchase from 55 to 100 megawatts – approximately half of GVEA’s winter electric generation requirements. The total capacity of the 20 fossil fuel-fired generating units is roughly 110 MW and purportedly will be located near large commercial buildings covering a distance of over 170 miles from Delta Junction to Clear AFS in Anderson.

EGG’s project also includes a 38-megawatt wind farm near Delta Junction. EGG has represented that the fossil fuel cogeneration units are to be used to firm up the variability of the wind. Given wind farm efficiency rates in Delta, it appears that the fossil fuel-burning units will be supplying roughly 80 to 85 percent of the energy delivered to GVEA over the course of a year.

In early February, GVEA suspended its evaluation of EGG’s first proposal because EGG failed to receive certification as a Qualifying Facility (QF) from FERC. “We invested thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of staff and outside consultant time evaluating EGG’s first proposal,” said Cory Borgeson, President and CEO of GVEA. “These costs are borne directly by our members. Before any time is invested in evaluating EGG’s latest proposal, we want to make sure EGG is truly a Qualifying Facility. GVEA’s doors are open to independent power producers, but their projects must qualify under federal regulations and provide GVEA members with safe, reliable energy without raising rates.”

EGG has not specified how the 100 megawatt project will be financed, what type of fuel will actually be used and where the fuel for the 20 cogeneration units will come from or be stored, or the effect these additional cogeneration units will have on the Interior’s PM 2.5 air quality problems. Efforts to find information about EGG or EGG’s project capabilities and experience has been difficult, since EGG has no website and appears to operate out of a commercial mail box operation in Colorado.

Attachments:

  1. EGG’s FERC Form 556
  2. EGG’s Configuration #1
  3. EGG’s Configuration #2
  4. GVEA FERC Petition for Declaratory Order
  5. Exhibit A
  6. Exhibit B
  7. Exhibit C
  8. Petition for Stay Filed with RCA

Links to previous GVEA posts on this topic:

(Posted to GVEA's Blog on Mar 5, 2019.)

Good¢ents Grants Awarded in February 2019

The Good¢ents Board of Trustees met in February. Eight applications were reviewed, and seven grants totaling $41,482 were awarded. Here’s a summary of these recent grants:

  • Cold Climate Housing Research Center: $4,603 grant to create an educational bicycle generator.
  • Fairbanks Council of PTAs: $3,000 grant to support the annual Interior Alaska Science Fair.
  • Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living: $4,861 grant for the purchase of a one-person maintenance lift.
  • Interior Alaska Medical Clinic: $8,700 grant towards the purchase and installation of a 50kW backup generator.
  • Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center: $8,358 grant to assist with a lighting-upgrade project.
  • North Star Imagination Library: $6,500 grant towards the purchase of books for children.
  • UA Museum of the North: $5,460 grant for both a technology upgrade, as well as an upgrade to gallery seating.

All grants from the Good¢ents Foundation are awarded to nonprofit organizations within GVEA’s service area. Applications are reviewed quarterly in February, May, August and November by a volunteer board of trustees. The next application deadline is April 30, 2019. Applications and more information about the program can be found online here.

Good¢ents is funded by the generous members of Golden Valley Electric Association. Since the program began in 2011, GVEA members have funded grants totaling $951,478.

Thank you to all of the members who voluntarily “round up” their monthly billing statement to the next dollar. The cents you contribute is greatly appreciated and really makes a difference within the communities GVEA serves.

(Posted to GVEA's Blog on Feb 27, 2019.)

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