Solar power project works out interconnection with SoCal Edison

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a Dec. 6 letter to Southern California Edison acknowledging the utility’s Oct. 29 notice that it had worked out an interconnection for a 20-MW solar project.

“On October 29, 2012, Southern California Edison Company (SoCal Edison) submitted for filing a Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA) among SoCal Edison, RE Rosamond Two LLC (RE Rosamond), and the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO),” the FERC letter noted. “SoCal Edison states that RE Rosamond submitted an application to the CAISO to interconnect a 20 MW solar photovoltaic facility located in Kern County, CA (Rosamond Two Project), to SoCal Edison’s existing Rosamond 66 kV Substation and transmit energy to the CAISO controlled grid.”

The letter added: “Specifically, the SGIA specifies the terms and conditions pursuant to which: (1) SoCal Edison and the CAISO will provide interconnection service, (2) SoCal Edison will design, procure, construct, own, operate, and maintain the Participating TO’s Interconnection Facilities, and (3) RE Rosamond will pay for the Participating TO’s Interconnection Facilities. Waiver of the Commission’s notice requirements pursuant to section 35.11 of the Commission’s rules and regulations (18 C.F.R. § 35.11) is granted and the SGIA is accepted for filing effective October 30, 2012, as requested.”

SoCal Edison, a unit of Edison International (NYSE: EIX), told FERC that upon completion of its East Kern Wind Resource Area upgrades, Rosamond Substation, to which the Rosamond Two Project will interconnect, may be reclassified as part of SoCal Edison’s distribution system, which is not under the CAISO’s operational control.

The Oct. 29 utility filing was noticed on Oct. 31, with no protests or comments filed. The Dec. 6 FERC action was taken under authority delegated to the Director, Division of Electric Power Regulation-West, Steve Rodgers.

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