FERC signs off on about-to-be-started Shiloh IV wind project

Shiloh IV Lessee LLC is developing a 100-MW wind project in California, with a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official signing off on Dec. 17 on market-based rate authority and an accompanying tariff for the project.

On Nov. 7, Shiloh IV Lessee filed this application with the commission. The proposed market-based rate tariff provides for the sale of energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates. Shiloh IV requested waivers commonly granted to similar market-based rate applicants.

In the Dec. 17 letter, FERC official Steve Rodgers accepted these documents for filing, effective Dec. 15. Shiloh IV meets the criteria for a Category 2 seller in the Southwest region and a Category 1 seller in all other regions and is so designated, Rodgers noted.

Shiloh IV will operate a 100-MW wind facility located in Solano County, Calif., within the California ISO market. All of the output of the facility will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement with an unaffiliated entity. Shiloh IV is indirectly wholly owned by EDF Renewable Energy Inc., which is ultimately owned by Électricité de France S.A.

Shiloh IV is affiliated with entities that own generation facilities throughout the United States. Shiloh IV is also affiliated with Oasis Power Partners LLC, which holds an equity interest in the Sagebrush Partnership. Sagebrush owns and operates a 46-mile transmission line in California.

The company told FERC that Shiloh IV meets all of the Category 1 seller criteria in the Northeast, Southeast, Central, Southwest Power Pool and Northwest regions because it and its affiliates own or control less than 500 MW of generation in aggregate in those regions, it is not affiliated with any entity that owns transmission facilities in those regions, it is not affiliated with any franchised public utilities, and it does not raise any other vertical market power issues.

Shiloh IV Lessee is indirectly wholly-owned by EDF Renewable Energy, formerly called enXco Inc. Pursuant to a lease arrangement with Shiloh IV Wind Project LLC, Shiloh IV Lessee will operate the 100-MW wind project. The facility consists of 50 REpower 2.0 MW wind turbines along with facilities necessary to interconnect with the transmission system operated by CAISO.

“All of the output of the Facility will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company,” said the company’s Nov. 7 application. “The Facility is projected to commence commercial operation during December 2012.”

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.