Wells County Wind works out PJM deal for 300-MW Indiana project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on May 21 accepted an unexecuted interconnection service agreement between PJM Interconnection and Wells County Wind LLC for a 300-MW wind farm project in Indiana.

On April 17, PJM filed with the commission an unexecuted interconnection service agreement (ISA) among PJM, Wells County Wind and Indiana Michigan Power (IMPC). The ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM transmission system of 300 MW of wind at the Wells County Wind Farm, located in Wells County, Ind.

The point of interconnection will be the Keystone Substation, not IMPC’s transmission facilities. The ISA contains non-standard terms and conditions, which contemplate Wells County entering into a common facilities agreement to acquire an ownership interest in the Keystone Substation, a DPL Energy LLC customer interconnection facility. DPL Energy is not a party to the ISA. As part of the non-standard terms and conditions, Wells County has agreed that the ISA will be terminated if a common facilities agreement is not in place before the initial operation of the Wells County facility. The interconnection rights take effect as of June 2014.

Schedule F of the Wells County ISA also contains non-standard terms and conditions proposing to allow Wells County to elect to change the make, model and manufacturer of the generator turbines, upon agreement by PJM and IMPC. If such change results in a modification to each turbine’s size in megawatts or the total number of generator turbines, the facility’s total net megawatt output (MFO) will be limited to 300 MW. The current plan is for 176 General Electric 1.7-MW turbines.

The contact for Wells County is Nathan Biediger of Apex Wind Energy out of Charlottesville, Va. Wells County is listed on the Apex Wind Energy website as only a 200-MW project.

Said the Apex website: “Apex Wind Energy, Inc. is a leading U.S.- based developer of commercial-scale wind energy facilities in North America. With a team of some of the most experienced wind energy professionals in the industry, we have built a strong reputation for responsible development and quality projects constructed to the highest industry standards. In December 2012, Apex completed construction of the 300 MW Canadian Hills Wind project in Oklahoma. Prior to the formation of Apex [in 2009], the management team had collectively developed, financed, constructed and managed more than $10 billion in operating wind farms totaling over 5,000 megawatts of capacity.”