SPP works out interconnect issues with Osage Wind LLC

The Southwest Power Pool on Jan. 14 submitted at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Affected Systems’ Facilities Construction Agreement (FCA) between SPP as transmission provider, Osage Wind LLC as interconnection customer and Oklahoma Gas and Electric as transmission owner.

SPP requested an effective date of Dec. 14, 2012, for the Osage Wind FCA, covering a wind facility located in Osage County, Okla.

Osage Wind and Associated Electric Cooperative (AECI) have entered into an interconnection agreement (Osage Wind IA) to facilitate the interconnection of Osage Wind’s 150-MW facility to an AECI member’s transmission system. That member is KAMO Electric Cooperative. AECI is not a member of SPP, but the AECI member’s transmission system is interconnected to other SPP transmission owning members’ transmission systems, which are under SPP’s functional control.

In light of the interconnection of this generating facility to the AECI member’s system, and consistent with the Joint Operating Agreement between SPP and AECI, SPP performed a study to analyze the impact of the facility’s interconnection on the OGE transmission system. Based on that study, SPP determined that as a result of the interconnection of the generating facility to the AECI member’s transmission system, a network upgrade is required on the OGE transmission system.

The documents show that the contact for Osage Wind is Randy Prior at an office in St. Louis of Wind Capital Group. That company’s website says about the Osage project: “The Osage County Wind Energy Project is a 150 megawatt (MW) construction-ready project located west of Pawhuska, Oklahoma in Osage County. It will utilize 94 General Electric (GE) 1.6 MW wind turbines and will sell all of its electricity to Missouri-based Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. under a power purchase agreement. The project enjoys strong community and governmental support. Over the life of the project, Osage County Wind is expected to provide over $30 million in property tax revenues to Osage County, long-term lease payments to local landowners, and $1.5 million in regional business activity during construction. Additionally, the project will create 250 critical on-site construction jobs and 12-15 permanent positions during operation.”

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