NextEra seeks non-regulation for 120-MW Indiana wind farm

A unit of NextEra Energy Resources LLC filed a Jan. 31 request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that it be granted an exemption that the commission has granted to other independent power producers to being regulated by the commission as a public utility.

Submitting supporting testimony was Anthony Pedroni, who is employed by NextEra Energy Resources and has been delegated responsibility for the development of the Bluff Point Wind Farm by project company NextEra Energy Bluff Point LLC. Pedroni is Director of Business Development for NextEra and oversees development of wind projects including the development of this project.

“The Wind Farm is a proposed wind generation facility that is anticipated to have the capability of generating up to approximately 120 MW of electricity from at least 70 turbines with an expected nameplate capacity of 1.7 MW,” Pedroni wrote. “The turbines will have rotor diameters greater than 100 meters and will use tower heights ranging from 80 meters to 100 meters. The combination of the tower heights, rotor diameter and wind resource will result in a Net Capacity Factor that approaches 40 percent. The Project is located entirely in unincorporated areas of Jay and Randolph Counties, Indiana. Construction of the Project is expected to commence in 2013.”

The project is anticipated to achieve commercial operation by Oct. 1, 2014.

Pedroni noted: “Should the Commission not decline to exercise jurisdiction over Petitioner, the Commission will be placing Petitioner at a disadvantage with respect to other independent power producers over whom the Commission has declined to exercise jurisdiction. Such regulation would expose Petitioner to the risk of regulatory lag and hinder the quick implementation of business decisions in a highly competitive market, which would create a significant competitive disadvantage for Petitioner. In addition, the Commission’s exercise of jurisdiction may compel Petitioner publicly to disclose proprietary information, to its disadvantage.”

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