PJM works out interconnect with 210-MW Illinois wind project

PJM Interconnection on May 28 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) among PJM, Walnut Ridge Wind LLC and Commonwealth Edison.

PJM requested an effective date of April 26, 2013, for the Walnut Ridge ISA. PJM submitted the Walnut Ridge ISA for filing because it contains non- standard terms and conditions that do not conform with the form of ISA set forth in Attachment O of the PJM Tariff.

The Walnut Ridge ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM system of a 210-MW generating facility located in Village of Ohio, Ill. The Walnut Ridge ISA indicates that Walnut Ridge will have capacity interconnection rights in the amount of 42 MW. The network upgrades charge associated with the Walnut Ridge ISA is $3.7m.

One section of the Walnut Ridge ISA states: “On or before January 1, 2014, Interconnection Customer must demonstrate that it has signed a memorandum of understanding [‘MOU’] for the acquisition of major equipment.” The projected commercial operation date of this generating facility is in 2015.

Schedule F contains non-standard terms and conditions that detail the procedures that will be followed if Walnut Ridge elects to change the make, model, and manufacturer of the wind turbines. If such change results in a modification to each turbine’s size in megawatts or the total number of generator turbines, the generator facility’s maximum facility output will be limited by the 210 MW maximum figure in this deal. The ISA calls for 87 Mitsubishi MWT92/95 2.4-MW wind turbine generators.

Walnut Ridge Wind is based in Edina, Minn., and the contact for the company is Glen Skarbakka. Commonwealth Edison is a unit of Exelon (NYSE: EXC).

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