Southwest Power Pool cuts interconnect with 300-MW wind project

The Southwest Power Pool on June 3 notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of the cancellation of a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement between SPP, Rock Creek Wind Project LLC and transmission owner KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Co.

SPP asked that the commission accept the cancellation of the Rock Creek LGIA effective May 20. In May 2009, SPP filed the Rock Creek LGIA because it did not conform to the form of LGIA set forth in the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff (SPP Tariff). The commission accepted the Rock Creek LGIA in July 2009.

In accordance with Article 5.16 of the Rock Creek LGIA, Rock Creek suspended all work by KCP&L-GMO associated with the construction and installation of system upgrades required under the Rock Creek LGIA effective in May 2010. Article 5.16 of the Rock Creek LGIA provides that the duration of the suspension period must not exceed three years.

On March 15, SPP said it sent a letter to Rock Creek notifying it that the end of the suspension period was May 20. In a response dated May 19, Rock Creek stated that it did not intend to move forward with the LGIA.

As covered in the May 2009 application, Rock Creek planned a 300-MW wind facility using 200 General Electric 1.5sle wind turbines. Rock Creek’s generation facilities would have been interconnected at a new KCPL-GMO Interconnection Substation 161-kV bus located at a point on the Maryville-Midway 161-kV transmission line. The contact for the developer listed in the 2009 application was Geoff Coventry, 
VP Business Development,
 Rock Creek Wind Project LLC c/o TradeWind Energy LLC.

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