A Maryland environmental agency and the state's Public Service Commission staff have recommended the once problem-plagued 755-MW Keys Energy Center be built near Brandywine in Prince George’s County.The natural-gas-fired plant was first proposed in 2012 as a 735-MW unit that would use recycled water for cooling. Problems siting the water line and the natural-gas pipeline delayed the project.Developer Genesis Power resolved the pipeline issues last spring in an agreement with Pepco to follow Pepco's right-of-way for most of the route. The firm also fixed the cooling issues by changing the unit to include an air-cooled system, says President Robert Place.In
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