Golden Spread agrees to construction delay for wind project

Texas-based Golden Spread Electric Cooperative filed on Aug. 22 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed first amendment to a Small Generator Interconnection Agreement for a delayed wind project.

The agreement is between Golden Spread and Pleasant Hill Wind Energy LLC. This filing amends the Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA) dated July 23, 2012, between Golden Spread and Pleasant Hill.

Golden Spread said it is filing the amendment primarily to respond to schedule delays experienced by Pleasant Hill that were caused by reduced availability of wind turbines during 2012. Pleasant Hill explained to Golden Spread that the Dec. 31, 2012, expiration of the federal production tax credit (PTC) that was pending for most of 2012 significantly increased market demand for the turbine originally specified in the Pleasant Hill SGIA.

Accordingly, Pleasant Hill stated that it was unable to acquire and commission the specified turbine, and, as a result, was unable to attain certain defined milestones by Dec. 31, 2012, as set forth in the original SGIA. The PTC was extended by Congress in late 2012, and is now scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2013, by which time Pleasant Hill represents that its project will be under construction.

The amendments include: extending the milestones so that the project would begin construction in 2013 in accordance with the PTC extension; proposing a different turbine manufacturer and configuration for its Small Generating Facility; and addressing certain cost responsibilities associated with the restudy of the Small Generating Facility needed as a result of the changed turbine manufacturer. Additionally, Pleasant Hill proposed administrative changes to the notice and contact information provisions of the Pleasant Hill SGIA. Finally, Pleasant Hill requested that the term of its interconnection agreement be modified from 10 to 20 years. Golden Spread agreed to the amendments proposed by Pleasant Hill, subject only to regulatory approval by the commission.

The amended SGIA calls for 11 SANY 2.0 wind turbines, with a rated capacity of 1.8 MW each, for a total project capacity of 19.8 MW. The project will interconnect the Pleasant Hill Substation and is due to go commercial by March 31, 2014.

Pleasant Hill is based in Dallas, with correspndence care of Tri Global Energy LLC.

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