Indiana commission declines authority over 200-MW wind project

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on July 3 issued an order declining jurisdiction over a 200-MW wind project planned by Wildcat Wind Farm II LLC.

On April 26, Wildcat Wind Farm II had applied with the commission for its project to be exempt from the same regulation as an electric utility. This 200-MW project would be located in Grant and Howard counties.

Testifying in the case was Paul Bowman, Senior Vice President of Development for E.ON Climate and Renewables North America LLC, the backer of the project company. Bowman testified that a facilities study is ongoing and that an impact study has been completed.

Discussions have been ongoing with wind turbine manufacturers, including General ElectricNordexSiemens, and Vestas, Bowman added. The company expects to select a turbine model and enter into a turbine supply agreement by September of this year, he said.

The power output from the facility will be sold exclusively in the wholesale electric market. The company will self-certify the facility as an exempt wholesale generator and apply for market-based rate authority under rules and regulations of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The project is expected to interconnect with American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) 138-kV transmission line at the Greentown Substation.

“Petitioner would like to retain the benefits of the PTC extension and commence construction this year,” Bowman said in opening testimony in this case. “Assuming all regulatory approvals and applicable permits are received, Petitioner plans to begin construction on or before November 1, 2013. The Project is anticipated to achieve commercial operation by December 31, 2014.”

E.ON last October dedicated its first wind energy project in Indiana, which was the 200-MW Wildcat Wind Farm I. That project is located in Tipton and Madison counties. That facility has a 20-year power purchase agreement for 100 MW of its output with Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), a unit of AEP.

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