FERC approves end of deal for 900-MW Wyoming wind project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 27 accepted a Nov. 1 notice by Wyoming Colorado Intertie LLC (WCI) of termination of the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) with Wyoming Wind & Power LLC.

WCI told FERC that construction has not begun on Wyoming Wind’s 900 MW wind generation facility, for which WCI was to provide transmission capacity under the TSA. WCI stated that on Oct. 29, as permitted under Section 7.3 of the TSA, it provided written notice to Wyoming Wind of its intent to terminate the TSA, effective Oct. 31.

FERC accepted the Oct. 31 termination date. It noted in the Nov. 27 approval that no party filed a protest about the WCI request for termination.

“Expedited acceptance of this Notice is necessary for WCI to exercise its rights to either pursue offers of capacity with other potential transmission customers pursuant to the terms and conditions of the WCI open access transmission tariff or, if there are no other interested parties, elect to cease development activities,” WCI explained in its Nov. 1 application.

The TSA provided the terms and conditions under which WCI intended to provide Wyoming Wind with transmission capacity along a new 180-mile, 850-MW, 345-kV merchant transmission line running from the Laramie River Substation in Wheatland, Wyo., to the Pawnee substation, in Brush, Colo.

Wyoming Wind intended to use the transmission capacity to sell power generated by a proposed 900-MW facility (called the “Wyoming Wind Project”) into the Colorado wholesale electricity markets. “However, to date, construction has not begun on the Wyoming Wind Project, and so WCI has elected to terminate the TSA,” WCI told the commission.

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