FERC grants breaks for 250-MW Genesis Solar project in Calif.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 21 granted Genesis Solar LLC’s request for waiver of the commission’s obligations, including to file an Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), related to a 250-MW solar project in California.

Genesis Solar will own and operate a solar thermal facility with a net output of 250 MW located in Riverside County, Calif. This generating station consists of two separate units which share linear facilities. Each unit has a net output of 125 MW.

The generating facility will interconnect to Southern California Edison’s Colorado River substation via a 14-mile 220-kV generation tie line owned by Genesis Solar, among other interconnection-related elements. Additionally, Genesis Solar stated that, while it is currently the sole user of the tie line, its affiliate, McCoy Solar LLC, may share certain interconnection facilities that are owned by Genesis Solar in the future.

Genesis Solar noted that the commission’s practice is to grant waiver to small utilities (no more than 4 million MWh annually) and explains that its application satisfies that criteria, since the maximum amount of energy that could be transmitted annually over the 220-kV line to SoCal Edison’s substation is about 2,190,000 MWh.

FERC in a Sept. 25 letter had accepted market-based rate authority for Genesis Solar for this project, which is due for operation in early 2014.

Genesis Solar is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). Genesis Solar and its affiliates own or control 1,906 MW in the CAISO market and are affiliated with several other entities that own generation throughout the United States.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.