Southwest Power Pool files interconnect deal with EVA Wind

The Southwest Power Pool on Jan. 7 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) between it, EVA Wind LLC and Tri-County Electric Cooperative Inc., which is the local transmission owner.

SPP said it was submitting the EVA Wind GIA for filing because it includes provisions that do not conform to the pro forma GIA in SPP’s Open Access Transmission Tariff (SPP Tariff).

EVA Wind plans to construct a 46.5-MW wind facility that will consist of 31 General Electric 1.5-MW wind turbines. The EVA Wind GIA facilitates the interconnection of the facility to Tri-County’s transmission system.

Tri-County is a transmission owner within SPP. In a prior docket, SPP submitted revisions to the SPP Tariff to implement Tri-County’s formula rate for transmission service. On March 30, 2012, the commission accepted SPP’s proposed tariff revisions for filing, to become effective April 1, 2012. In the March 30 order, the commission found that the record did not provide it enough information to determine the appropriate classification of the facilities that form the basis for the annual revenue requirements proposed by Tri-County. Therefore, the order also established hearing and settlement judge procedures. The issues raised in that case have not yet been resolved and the question of whether Tri-County’s facilities are transmission facilities remains pending.

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