Utility Services

Generation & Non-Utility Interconnection

Our TeamFrom the initial feasibility studies for distributed generation through siting and licensing to construction and commissioning of the most modern generation facilities, ECF Power Delivery provides a complete range of design and project management services.

ECF staff is proven problem solvers in generation related projects, and has a hard-earned reputation for technical skill and practical knowledge on difficult interconnection issues, power generation projects, and analyzing transmission line bottlenecks.

Utilizing a unique combination of skill and creativity, ECF engineers, scientists, and project managers have completed upgrades and design projects that have delivered cost effective, reliable solutions. Successful projects include:

• Generator and turbine upgrades
• Major facility rehabilitations
• Remote control and SCADA systems
• Automation design and upgrades
• FERC licensing and compliance

ECF is experienced in assessing older systems and developing recommendations for restoring equipment and extending its' operating life. ECF engineers have extensive experience working with operation and maintenance personnel. ECF works closely with plant staff to utilize their system knowledge and coordinate with the owner's operating requirements

ECF staff has been active in the interconnections of energy sources to the power system. Our staff has been serving the interconnection needs of most of the client for projects. ECF's utility background and experience makes them uniquely qualified to deal with all aspects of the plant interconnection process. This ensures a smooth process from preliminary engineering through asset turnover to the client.

ECF's approach from bid to commissioning is to work through interconnection requirements in a manner that satisfies both the plant and host utility. In each of ECF's projects, the host utility requirements have been met in all respects, and the interconnecting facilities were available for feedback on schedule.

Interconnection experience includes complete Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts including the host utility and ISO interface, outage scheduling, development of document submittals to the NPCC Reliability Committee, assessment of Bulk Power Requirements, and asset turnover documents. These same skills have also proven beneficial in evaluating issues within the plant protection systems. Typically the scope of work has been expanded to include issues specific to the plant and generator protection systems and how they relate to the utility and ISO requirements.

Examples of projects our employees participated in or had direct relevant and lead technical experiences include the following:

CPV | Various (8) Locations Combine Cycle and Wind Power Plants
Negotiated interconnection agreements with electrical utilities, developed alternative interfaces, scopes of work, and technical considerations associated interconnection Competitive Power Ventures generation to electrical power system.
FPL | DeSoto County PV- 25 MW (part 1 of 100 MW project)
Design, engineer and installation support for new PV facility.
FPL | Helios, Tuckers and Skylight
Convert drawings that were provided by the vendor Substations to FPL Standard Substation Drawings format.
FPL | Martin County Solar 10 KW
Design, engineer and installation support for new PV facility.
FPL | NASA Center PV - 2 MW
Design, engineer and installation support for new PV facility.
FPL | Solar Site GSU
Develop an FPL System Relay Standards for the interconnection wring associated with equipment installed in the GSU Relay Vault for Utility Scale PV sites.
FPL, FL | Develop IED Configuration Setting Guidelines for a FPL Combustion< Turbine Generator Protection System
These guidelines outline the methodology for the preparation of configuration settings for the various protective, control and data acquisition functions in the Generator Protection Systems being applied on FPL combustion turbine generators.
FPL, FL | Developed manual outlining the preparation of relay settings for a FPL Combustion Turbine Generator
This manual is intended to provide guidance in establishing the set point and tripping philosophy for the various protective functions in the Generator Protection Systems being applied on FPL combustion turbine generators..
FPL, FL | Martin 500kV Switchyard
Engineered the replacement of a breaker, one wave trap and two sets of CCVT's.
Fla Hydro | Water Turbine Generation Interconnection
Developed conceptual design for the interconnection facilities required to interconnect Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Transmission System in the San Francisco, CA Bay area to 10 MW and up to 200 MW blocks of tidal driven generation. This design used latest smart grid technologies in the protection, control and data acquisition systems required for this installation.
MWRA, MA | Deer Island Power Plant and Distribution System
Performed electrical engineering tasks associated with the detail design of the 70MW On Site Thermal Power Plant (OSTPP) EPC, the Main Substation and the 15kV power distribution system for Deer Island. Duties included preparation of a complete Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contract (EPC) for the island.
NAES | Desoto County Generating Company
Provided technical support to the generator owner in documenting the methodology for determining facility rating (per NERC FAC-008 & 009 and CAN-0018) of its Generating Facility from point of interconnection to the GSU.
NEER | Genesis Solar plant (CA)
Steam Turbine Generators Protective relay setting review (European relays).
NEER | Paradise/Montua Creek ( PA )
Photo-Voltaic and Battery Storage installation relay setting and operation design review.
NEER | Puerto Rico's Power Authority
Proposal lead for Battery Storage for PV facilities to Help with the stability of the grid and the problems resulting from variable generation.
NEER | Red Mesa (NM)
Harmonic Filter Cap Bank and Battery Storage 35 kV feeder design and installation.
NEER | Red Mesa (NM)
Design Build Harmonic Filter Bank and Battery Storage 35 kV feeder design and installation.
NEER | Termosol (Spain) Solar
Generating Facility Auxiliary Motors Protective relay setting review: large medium voltage motors protection, auxiliary plant transformer protection and small low voltage motor protection.
NEER | Termosol (Spain)
Solar Generating Auxiliary Motors Protective relay setting review: large Facility medium voltage motors protection, auxiliary plant transformer protection and small low voltage motor protection.
NextEra, CO | Peetz-Logan Switchyard and capacitor Bank Substation
EPC Contract for new SCADA System and upgrade of breaker controls.
NextEra,Spain | Nodal Substation
Provided professional services in the assessment and field verification of conformance of the proposed commissioning and testing program of the substation P&C systems.
NextEra,Spain | Termosol Power Plant Units 1 & 2
Provided technical services in reviewing the plant and switchyard proposed relay protective devices configuration setting and set points.
Sun Edison | Sun Edison I Project
Developing and design of PV Inverter Modules for Power One Inverter SUN EDISON I project.
Various | Various Projects – 10MW
Complete balance of system design review for a 10MWP solar farm including single line diagram, DC schematics and grounding.
Various | Various PV Projects
Various Various PV Projects Interconnection feasibility and system impact studies using PSS/E.
Various | Various PV Projects
Pre-design and post-commissioning Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) compliance.
Various | Various PV Projects
Harmonic studies for inverter harmonic contribution using ETAP.
Various | Various PV Projects
Inverter protection and alarm settings for SMA sunny central models.
Various | Various PV Projects
Grid code compliance of inverter settings including generation curtailment, voltage regulation and low voltage ride through (LVRT).