FERC okays market-based rate authority for Catalina Solar Lessee

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 11 accepted market-based rate authority for Catalina Solar Lessee LLC, which is developing a 110-MW solar photovoltaic project in California.

Catalina Solar Lessee had filed an application for market-based rate authority with an accompanying tariff. The proposed market-based rate tariff provides for the sale of energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates. Catalina Solar requested waivers commonly granted to similar market-based rate applicants. 

That filing was noticed on May 29, with comments, protests or interventions due on or before June 18. None was filed. 

Catalina Solar will operate a 110-MW solar powered facility located in Kern County, Calif.  Catalina Solar is indirectly wholly owned by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF-RE), and is affiliated with several entities that own or control generation facilities in the California ISO market. EDF-RE holds an equity interest in the Sagebrush Partnership, which owns a 46-mile, 230-kV transmission line in California through its ownership interests in Oasis Power Partners LLC. In addition, EDF-RE has an ownership interest in the Antelope Valley generation-tie facilities and Spinning Spur interconnection facilities.

The solar facility is expected to begin full commercial operation this summer. All of the output of the facility will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to San Diego Gas & Electric.

EDF-RE develops, builds, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout North America. It is wholly owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles S.A., a French company.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.