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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Virginia Electric and Power Co.'s application to transfer its power purchase and operating agreement for the output of the 242.3-MW Birchwood coal plant to power marketer and service company Con Edison Energy Inc.

The power plant, located in King George County, Va., is interconnected to the PJM Interconnection market. After the power purchase agreement is transferred, the entities that own the Birchwood plant will use Con Edison Energy, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Inc., to act as the plant's energy manager and, at their direction, sell the plant's output into the PJM market.

The Birchwood plant began operating in 1996 and its output has been sold Virginia Electric and Power Co., the legal name of Dominion Energy Inc. utility subsidiary Dominion Energy Virginia. Those sales, however, have ended, according to the application to FERC, filed Aug. 23.

The transfer of the power purchase and operating agreement includes replacing existing interconnection provisions with a new, three-party interconnection service agreement. In their application to FERC, the parties said the power purchase agreement may at the time of the transfer no longer be FERC-jurisdictional. Nonetheless, they sought the commission's approval, which was granted Oct. 11.

Subsidiaries of Japan-headquartered Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. and General Electric Co. each own a 50% stake in the Birchwood plant. (FERC docket EC19-127)