Enel’s 250-MW wind farm in Kansas getting close to power start

Buffalo Dunes Wind Project LLC, an affiliate of Enel Green Power North America Development, filed on Aug. 6 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for exempt wholesale generator status for an in-construction wind project in Kansas.

The company said this will be a 249.75 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Grant, Finney and Haskell counties, Kansas. It will be within the Southwestern Public Service balancing authority area. The plan is to begin producing test power from the facility in mid October, with the project due for completion by the end of 2013.

The ownership structure for the project includes affiliates of both Enel and General Electric (NYSE: GE).

Enel Green Power North America Development (EGPD) and EFS Buffalo Dunes, a GE Capital subsidiary, signed a capital contribution agreement with a syndicate led by J. P. Morgan on a wind project in Kansas, the companies said back in July. The syndicate commits to fund approximately $260m for the 250-MW Buffalo Dunes Wind Project. The syndicate also includes Wells Fargo Wind HoldingsMetropolitan Life Insurance and State Street Bank and Trust, said a July 9 Enel announcement.

The Buffalo Dunes Wind Project will use 135 GE turbines. Alabama Power, a unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), will buy most of the electricity from the project under a 20-year agreement.

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