AEP works out agreements for 350 MW of Texas wind and solar

On July 15, American Electric Power Service Corp. (AEPSC), on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas North Co. (TNC) filed paperwork with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission related to an in-development, 50-MW solar project in Texas.

Filed with FERC was Service Agreement No. 717 under the Open Access Transmission Service Tariff of American Electric Power (AEP OATT), which is a fully executed preliminary development agreement dated June 26 among AEP Texas North and First Solar Development LLC.

The agreement provides for the preliminary planning, engineering, design, and procurement activities prior to the execution of the Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement associated with First Solar Development’s future 50-MW solar project, to be located in Pecos County, Texas. The solar project is planned to go into commercial operation on April 15, 2014.

The AEP OATT applies to transmission service to TNC’s wholesale customers in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Agreements such as this agreement are transmission service agreements under the AEP OATT that are required to be filed with the commission.

AEPSC, on behalf of AEP Texas Central Co. (TCC), filed three similar applications on July 15 with FERC for wind and solar projects.

  • Sendero Wind Energy LLC has worked out an agreement with AEP Texas Central that provides for the electrical interconnection of its future 78.2-MW wind project. The generator’s wind farm Sendero Substation is located about 22 miles southwest of Hebbronville in Hogg County, Texas. The Substation will interconnect to TCC’s transmission system at the Randado station. The interconnection will require Sendero Wind Energy to build approximately 3 miles of 138-kV transmission line from the Substation to the Station. The wind units are planned to go into commercial operation on Feb. 28, 2014.
  • AEP Texas Central and Patriot Wind Farm LLC have worked out an agreement for a planned 180-MW wind facility. The facility’s Shaffer and Luby substations are located in Nueces County, Texas. The substations will interconnect to TCC’s transmission system at the Nelson Sharpe station. The interconnection will require the generator to build about 2.5 miles of 345-kV transmission line between substations and about 2.5 miles of 345-kV transmission line from the Shaffer Substation to the Station. The facility is planned to go into commercial operation on June 27, 2014.
  • AEP Texas Central and SP-BrackettvilleSolar LLC have worked out an agreement for the preliminary planning, engineering, design, and procurement activities prior to the execution of a Generation Interconnection Agreement associated with a future 42-MW solar project, to be located in Kinney County, Texas. The solar project is planned to go into commercial operation on May 31, 2014.
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