Southwest Power Pool works out revision for Nebraska wind farm

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 10 accepted a revised Generator Interconnection Agreement between the Southwest Power Pool and the developer of a new wind farm.

On May 15, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) filed with FERC the executed Generator Interconnection Agreement between SPP as transmission provider, Cottonwood Wind Project LLC as interconnection customer and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) as transmission owner.

Notice of the filing was issued with comments, protests, or interventions due on or before June 5, with no adverse comments filed.

Cottonwood plans to construct an 89.7-MW wind facility which will consist of 39 Siemens VS 2.3-MW wind turbines. The First Revised Cottonwood GIA just accepted by FERC provides for the interconnection of the facility to NPPD’s transmission system.

Consistent with Article 5.16 of the Original Cottonwood GIA, the Cottonwood project went into suspension in October 2011. Cottonwood subsequently brought the Original Cottonwood GIA out of suspension on April 3. As a result, the parties agreed to revise Appendix A to specify the point of interconnection and point of ownership change and Appendix B to update the milestones. The point of interconnection for the project is the transmission owner’s Rosemont 115-kV substation to be located on the Pauline-Guide Rock 115-kV transmission line. 

Cottonwood is an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources. The May 15 filing with FERC indicates a commercial operation date for the project in December 2014.

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