Invenergy outlines where new wind capacity could be added

Invenergy Investment, in a Jan. 17 filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission related to a solar project, updated the status of various related wind energy projects.

The filing was a change in status report related to Lakeland Solar Energy LLC, which is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Invenergy Investment. The companies submitted this notice to report to the commission about their affiliation, through Invenergy Investment, with Lakeland. Lakeland owns and operates 1.76-MW (nameplate) of solar facilities and related interconnection facilities that interconnect to Georgia Power’s electric distribution system.

Test energy operations of the Lakeland Facilities began on Dec. 18, 2013. The Lakeland Facilities are small power production qualifying facilities (QFs) under the commission’s QF rules. Lakeland sells power produced by the Lakeland Facilities at wholesale to Georgia Power.

In the filing, Invenergy outlined its various affiliates, which are therefore affiliated with Lakeland. Here are the affiliates where new power capacity is being added or contemplated.

  • Willow Creek Energy LLC – Willow Creek currently owns and operates a 72-MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Gilham and Morrow counties, Oregon. However, Willow Creek may increase that facility size to up to 150 MW. The Willow Creek Facility interconnects with the transmission system owned by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).
  • Beech Ridge Energy LLC – Beech Ridge owns and operates 100.5 MW (nameplate) of wind facilities located in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties, W.Va., together with limited interconnection facilities that connect its generation facility to the transmission system owned by Monongahela Power. In the future, Beech Ridge may develop up to an additional 85.5 MW of wind facilities in one or more subsequent phases.
  • Grand Ridge Energy IV LLC – GR IV owns and operates a 9 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in LaSalle County, Ill., together with one 1.5-MW (nameplate) energy storage device for existing total capacity of 10.5 MW (nameplate). The GR IV Facility is interconnected with the transmission system owned by Commonwealth Edison. GR IV plans to develop and own two additional 1.5 MW (nameplate) energy storage devices. In addition to the wholesale sales made by GR IV from its own facilities, it purchases power produced from a 1.5-MW wind turbine owned by the Illinois Institute of Technology. GR IV originally owned the turbine but sold it to IIT in December 2010.
  • Grand Ridge Energy V LLC – GR V is developing and plans to own and operate wind facilities of up to 126 MW (nameplate) that will be located in LaSalle County, Ill. The GR V Facility will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by ComEd.
  • Vantage Wind Energy LLC – Vantage owns and operates a 90-MW (nameplate) wind facility located near Kittitas County, Wash., together with limited interconnection facilities that connect its generation facility to the transmission system owned Puget Sound Energy. The Vantage Facility will be built in stages. The first phase of the Vantage Facility will be 90 MW (nameplate). At a later time, Vantage may choose to develop up to an additional 13.5 MW as part of the Vantage Facility in one or more subsequent phases, which would begin energy operations at some other future date(s). If the addition of such generation is completed by Vantage, the Vantage Facility’s size will increase from the initial 90 MW (nameplate) to up to 103.5 MW (nameplate).
  • Bishop Hill Energy III LLC – BH III is developing and plans to construct, own and operate wind facilities consisting of up to 136 MW (nameplate) that will be located in Henry County, Ill. The BH III Project will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Ameren Illinois.
  • Prairie Breeze Wind Energy LLC – Prairie Breeze is constructing and will own and operate wind facilities of up to 200.6 MW (nameplate) that will be located near Petersburg, Neb., together with limited interconnection facilities to connect the Prairie Breeze Project to the transmission facilities and system owned by the Nebraska Public Power District.
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