75-MW NextEra wind project in Michigan ready for test energy output

Since it is finishing up with its 75-MW wind project in Michigan faster than expected, Pheasant Run Wind II LLC on Jan. 14 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorize an earlier effective date of Pheasant Run II’s market-based rate tariff.

In September 2013, Pheasant Run II submitted to the commission its application for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff for the 75-MW wind facility it is developing in Huron County, Mich.

At the time, Pheasant Run II expected to complete construction in a timeframe that indicated it would start production of test energy no earlier than Feb. 1, 2014. As a result, Pheasant Run II requested a Feb. 1, 2014, effective date for its market-based rate tariff. The filing was accepted by the commission in November 2013, with the requested effective date.

“Construction of the Pheasant Run II wind energy generating facility has proceeded ahead of schedule, so that it is now clear that the facility can start producing test power as early as January 23, 2014,” said the Jan. 14 application. “Pheasant Run II wishes to be able to sell test power as of that date rather than have its facility sit idle until February 1. Accordingly, Pheasant Run II respectfully requests that the Commission authorize a new effective date for its market-based rate tariff of January 23, 2014.”

Pheasant Run Wind LLC will own and operate a nearby renewable wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 75 MW. Both project companies are affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources, part of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

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