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.