Russell City Energy Center:
Construction at our Russell City Energy Center continues to move forward. Upon completion, this project will bring online approximately 429 MW of net interest baseload capacity (464 MW with peaking capacity) representing our 75% share. Construction is ongoing and COD is expected in the summer of 2013. Upon completion, the Russell City Energy Center is contracted to deliver its full output to PG&E under a 10-year PPA.
Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility:
During 2009, we and PG&E negotiated a new PPA to replace the existing California Department of Water Resources contract and facilitate the upgrade of our Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility from a 188 MW simple-cycle generation power plant to a 309 MW combined-cycle generation power plant, which will also increase the efficiency and environmental performance of the power plant by lowering the heat rate. Construction is ongoing and COD is expected in the summer of 2013.
Channel and Deer Park Expansions:
In September and November 2011, we filed air permit applications with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) and the EPA to expand the baseload capacity of the Deer Park and Channel Energy Centers by approximately 260 MW
each. We received air permit approvals from the TCEQ for our Deer Park and Channel expansion projects in September and October 2012, respectively, and from the EPA in November 2012. Construction on these expansion projects commenced in the fourth quarter of 2012. We expect COD during the summer of 2014 for these expansions and are currently evaluating funding sources including, but not limited to, nonrecourse financing, corporate financing or internally generated funds.
Garrison Energy Center:
We are actively permitting 618 MW of new combined-cycle capacity at a development site secured by a long-term lease with the City of Dover. For the first phase (309 MW), we have executed the Interconnection Services Agreement and the Interconnection Construction Services Agreement with PJM. For the second phase (309 MW), we have completed a feasibility study and are currently conducting a system impact study. Environmental permitting, site development planning and development engineering are underway, and the first phase’s capacity cleared PJM’s 2015/2016 base residual auction. We received the air permit and executed a preliminary notice to proceed with the engineering, procurement and construction agreement during the first quarter of 2013. We expect COD for the first phase by the summer of 2015 and are currently evaluating funding sources including, but not limited to, nonrecourse financing, corporate financing or internally generated funds.
We continue to move forward with our turbine modernization program. Through December 31, 2012, we have completed the upgrade of eleven Siemens and eight GE turbines totaling over 200 MW and have committed to upgrade approximately three additional turbines.