NextEra affiliates seek EWG status for three Michigan wind projects

Affiliates of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) filed notices on Sept. 25 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about exempt wholesale generator (EWG) status for three wind projects in Michigan.

Pheasant Run Wind LLC submitted a notice of self-certification of its status as an EWG. The company is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is a unit of NextEra Energy.

Pheasant Run will own and operate a renewable wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 75 MW. The facility is located on the same site in Huron County, Mich., as a project of its affiliate, Pheasant Run Wind II LLC, which has a wind facility with a net output of about 75 MW. Pheasant Run Wind II also filed a Sept. 25 EWG notice for its half of the project.

The projects operate within the Midcontinent Independent System Operator balancing authority area. The facilities will interconnect to the International Transmission Co. transmission system.

Another NextEra project company, Tuscola Wind II LLC, filed its own EWG notice with FERC on Sept. 25. Tuscola Wind II will own and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of about 100.3 MW. The facility is on a site in Tuscola County, Mich., operates within the MISO balancing authority area, and will interconnect to the International Transmission system.

FERC on July 12 signed off on a MISO Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) for the Tuscola Wind II project. That agreement has a project commercial operation deadline of Nov. 30 of this year.

MISO on June 14 filed with FERC a GIA for the whole, 150-MW Pheasant Run wind farm. The agreement is with Pheasant Run Wind LLC as the interconnection customer and International Transmission as transmission owner. This GIA has a project commercial operation date of Dec. 15, 2013.

“Interconnection Customer shall install a 150 MW wind-powered generating facility (‘Facility’),” said the interconnection agreement. “All studies were performed based on the assumption that the Generating Facility will have a total net output not to exceed 150 MW at the [point of interconnection] POI.” The agreement added: “The (J075) Facility wind turbines will be located in Huron County, Michigan. The wind turbines will be General Electric 1.7 MW wind turbines.”

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