Buffalo Dunes Wind project due for October startup in Kansas

Buffalo Dunes Wind Project LLC, which has Alabama Power as an electricity customer, filed on Sept. 20 for various approvals at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The company asked the commission to: accept its market-based rate schedule, under which it will sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates; determines that the company qualifies as a Category 1 seller in all regions other than the Southwest Power Pool (SPP); and waive certain commission regulations and grant certain blanket approvals. 

Buffalo Dunes owns a wind power project with a nameplate rating of 249.75 MW currently under development and located in Grant, Finney, and Haskell counties, Kansas.  The project, which is located within the Southwestern Public Service (SPS) balancing authority area in the SPP region, is expected to begin testing in October and to enter commercial operation in December.

Buffalo Dunes is committed to sell 202 MW of the project’s output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with a non-affiliate, Alabama Power. The project company is controlled in part by Enel Green Power North America Development LLC 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 this project, the parties said in July. The syndicate commits to fund approximately $260m for the project. The syndicate also includes Wells Fargo Wind HoldingsMetropolitan Life Insurance and State Street Bank and Trust.

Francesco Starace, Enel Green Power’s CEO, stated at the time: “We are extremely pleased with the closing of this agreement, which further demonstrates EGP commitment to Kansas and North America as a whole. A market in which we started off with a small hydro portfolio and where we have now expanded across all generation technologies, from solar to wind, from hydro to geothermal and biomass. We are planning to further expand our installed capacity in the country, continuing to leverage on our multi-technology approach as well as maintaining high quality standards supported by innovative technologies and a sound commercial strategy.”

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