FERC approves new Nebraska wind farm for wholesale power sales

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 30 conditionally granted Prairie Breeze Wind Energy LLC authority to make wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates, effective Nov. 22, 2013.

On Oct. 4, Prairie Breeze had filed an application for market-based rate authority with an accompanying tariff providing for the sale of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates. It indicated in that filing that the wind farm was just about to begin to produce test power.

Prairie Breeze is developing and plans to construct, own and operate wind generation facilities of up to 200.6 MW located near Petersburg, Neb., within the Nebraska Public Power District balancing authority area, and interconnected to the Nebraska Public Power District transmission system. The Nebraska Public Power District is located in the Southwest Power Pool region, where Prairie Breeze has no affiliates that own, or plan to own, generation facilities.

Prairie Breeze told FERC that it has entered into a long-term power sale agreement under which it will sell all of the power produced by these facilities to the Omaha Public Power District.

Prairie Breeze is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind LLC, which is an indirect, partially-owned subsidiary of Invenergy Investment Co. LLC. These companies are affiliated with project developer Invenergy LLC.

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