Invenergy develops wind projects in states like Illinois, New York

Affiliates of Invenergy Wind LLC are developing new and thinking about expanding existing wind power facilities in locations around the U.S., said the Invenergy companies in a July 30 filing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The filing was a notice of change in facts from those contained in the companies’ respective market-based rate applications to report a change in their upstream ownership as the result of the acquisition on July 1, by Liberty Structured Holdings LLC of passive, non-controlling ownership interests in Invenergy Wind LLC. Liberty Holdings’ indirect, passive ownership interests in the project companies do not raise any concerns under the commission’s criteria for market-based rate authority, the filing said.

The filing includes a list of existing projects for some of these companies, and in-development projects for others. The in-development projects are:

  • Bishop Hill Energy III LLC – BH III is developing and plans to construct, own and operate wind facilities consisting of up to 136 MW (nameplate) in Henry County, Ill. The project will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Ameren Illinois, which is under the control of Midcontinent Independent Transmission System (MISO), through a generator-tie line and related radial interconnection facilities owned by Bishop Hill Interconnection LLC (BH Interconnection). BH III will sell electric energy and capacity at wholesale. BH III is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind.
  • Grand Ridge Energy V LLC – GR V is developing and plans to construct, own and operate wind facilities of up to 126 MW (nameplate) located in LaSalle County, Ill. The GR V facility will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Commonwealth Edison, and controlled by PJM Interconnection, through the interconnection facilities in which GR V plans to own interests. GR V will sell electric energy and capacity produced from the facility exclusively at wholesale. GR V is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind.
  • Stony Creek Energy LLC – Stony Creek is developing and plans to construct, own and operate wind facilities of up to 94.4 MW (nameplate) that will be located in Wyoming County, N.Y. The facility will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), and controlled by the New York ISOStony Creek will sell electric energy and capacity at wholesale. Stony Creek is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind.
  • Vantage Wind Energy LLC – Vantage owns and operates wind facilities with the capacity of 90 MW (nameplate) located near Kittitas County, Wash. The Vantage facility includes limited interconnection facilities that connect it to the transmission system owned by Puget Sound Energy. Vantage sells energy, capacity and ancillary services at wholesale. Vantage is an indirect, partially owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind. Invenergy Wind indirectly owns the controlling interests (i.e., managing member interests) in Vantage. The first phase of the Vantage facility is 90 MW (nameplate) and began generating electricity in August 2010. At a later time, Vantage may choose to develop up to an additional 13.5 MW as part of the Vantage facility in one or more subsequent phases.
  • Willow Creek Energy LLC – Willow Creek owns and operates a 72 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Gillham and Morrow counties, Ore., together with limited interconnection facilities that connect its generation facility to the transmission system owned by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Willow Creek sells its power at wholesale. Willow Creek is an indirect, partially owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind. Invenergy Wind indirectly owns the controlling interests (i.e., managing member interests) in Willow Creek. In the future, Willow Creek may increase the Willow Creek facility’s size from 72 MW to up to 150 MW (nameplate).
  • Beech Ridge Energy LLC – Beech Ridge owns and operates 100.5 MW (nameplate) of wind facilities located in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties, W.Va., together with limited interconnection facilities that connect its generation facility to the transmission system owned by Monongahela Power d/b/a Allegheny Power, which is under the control of PJM. Beech Ridge sells energy, capacity and ancillary services produced by the Beech Ridge facility exclusively at wholesale. Beech Ridge is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind. In the future, Beech Ridge may develop up to an additional 85.5 MW of wind facilities as part of the Beech Ridge facility in one or more subsequent phases, said the July 30 FERC application. The West Virginia Public Service Commission on June 19 approved a siting certificate for the Beech Ridge Energy II LLC wind turbine facility, of up to 85.5 MW in size.

  • Bishop Hill Energy LLC – BH I owns and operates wind facilities consisting of up to 211.4 MW (nameplate) located in Henry County, Ill. The electric interconnection facilities that BH I owns, including an approximately 28 mile generator-tie line, connect this project to the transmission system owned by the Commonwealth Edison, which is controlled by PJM. BH I sells electric energy and capacity produced from the BH I Project at wholesale. BH I is an indirect, partially owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind. Invenergy Wind indirectly owns the controlling interests (i.e. the managing member interests) in BH I. BH I’s prior order from FERC granting it market-based rate authorization was based on the potential of it building and owning up to 214 MW.
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