Southwest Power Pool works out revision for Nebraska wind project

The Southwest Power Pool on Nov. 14 submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) for a 73.6-MW wind project in Nebraska.

The GIA is among SPP as transmission provider, Steele Flats Wind Project LLC as the interconnection customer and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) as the transmission owner. This revised GIA modifies and supersedes the GIA accepted by the commission on Jan. 9.

Steele Flats plans to construct a 73.6-MW wind facility, which will consist of 12 General Electric 1.6-MW wind turbines and 32 General Electric 1.7-MW wind turbines. Since the Jan. 9 FERC acceptance, the parties revised Appendix C to reflect a change in turbine technology. The project has a commercial operation deadline at the end of this year.

The interconnection customer contact information is: Christine Seal, 
Steele Flats Wind Project LLC, 700 Universe Boulevard,
 Juno Beach, FL 33408-2683, Phone: 561-304-5447,
Mobile: 561-379-3102,
 Email: christine.seal@NEE.com. That is contact information for wind power developer NextEra Energy Resources.

In an Oct. 11 statement about why it didn’t sign for some new wind capacity, NPPD pointed out that it will have 312 MW of wind on its system by the end of 2014, and based upon current load demands, expects to have a total of 357 MW by the end of 2014 with two new wind farms either under construction or planned. The 75-MW Steele Flats Wind Farm near Steele City is expected to be in service this November, it said, and the 75-MW Broken Bow II wind farm northeast of Broken Bow is anticipated to be in operation in late 2014.

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