California Ridge Wind adding 50 MW to new Illinois wind farm

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on Sept. 27 filed an amended interconnection agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows a wind project in Illinois to bump its capacity from 200 MW as originally proposed and built, to 250 MW now.

MISO filed an Amended and Restated Generator Interconnection Agreement among:California Ridge Wind Energy LLCAmeren Services Co. as agent for Ameren Illinois Co. d/b/a Ameren Illinois; and MISO.

In April 2011, the parties entered into the original Generator Interconnection Agreement. The Sept. 27 filing amends the original agreement to reflect the expansion of the original Project H100 by 50 MW under a new project designated as Project J196.

The H100 wind turbines are, and the J196 wind turbines will be, located in Vermilion and Champaign counties, Ill. H100 involved installation of 134 General Electric 1.6-MW turbines. J196 will involve the installation of up to 32 General Electric 1.7-MW turbines. The turbines will be connected to the existing 34.5 kV collector system. The H100 plus J196 facility total net MW output is limited to 250 MW.

The point of interconnection for both projects is the 138-kV line terminal at the 138-kV bus in the Vermilion Power Station Substation. The commercial operation target for the J196 addition is around the end of 2014.

The address for the wind company is: California Ridge Wind Energy LLC, Attn: Asset Manager, One South Wacker Drive,
 Suite 1900, Chicago IL 60606. That is the address for wind developer Invenergy LLC. The Invenergy website says the California Ridge project went on-line in 2012.

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