PJM works out interconnect for 30-MW Exelon wind project in Maryland

PJM Interconnection on March 13 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed interconnection service agreement (ISA) among PJM, Fair Wind Power Partners LLC and transmission owner Potomac Edison for a 30-MW wind project in Maryland.

This agreement supersedes a prior conforming interim ISA among the same parties. The Fair Wind Power ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM transmission system of 30 MW (Maximum Facility Output) at the Fair Wind Project located in Garrett County, Md. The Fair Wind Power ISA indicates that Fair Wind Power will have capacity interconnection rights (CIRs) in the amount of 6 MW.

The project site is approximately 8 miles west of the Maryland-West Virginia state boundary, with a Point of Interconnection at the existing Kelso Gap 138-kV interconnection substation.

The developer may elect to change the turbine generators make, model and manufacturer from the combination of twelve 2.5-MW Clipper wind turbines studied by PJM for this ISA to another manufacturer and/or model or combination if PJM and Potomac Edison agree.

Under the ISA, on or before Oct. 31, 2015, the developer must demonstrate commercial operation of all generating units.

Project contacts are:

  • Fair Wind Power Partners LLC, Attn: David Dueker, 4601 Westown Parkway, Suite 300, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
  • Fair Wind Power Partners LLC, Attn: Todd Cutler, 300 Exelon Way, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Fair Wind Power Partners, a subsidiary of Exelon Generation, was approved in December 2013 by the Maryland Public Service Commission for this project. Exelon Generation is a unit of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC), which in 2012 took over Maryland-based Constellation Energy and Constellation’s regulated subsidiary, Baltimore Gas and Electric.

The Maryland PSC order approving the Constellation takeover is prompting this project. In that order, the commission said Exelon has to develop or assist in developing 285 MW-300 MW of new generation in Maryland, and that 125 MW of that needs to be Tier I renewables capacity, with 62.5 MW of that being wind. The order said 50 MW of this new capacity has to be operating by the end of 2016. Exelon said it is looking at other generating opportunities in the state to completely fulfill this mandate.

The Fair Wind project, acquired from Clipper Windpower Development Co. LLC in February 2013 while it was in an early development stage, is located south of Oakland on Backbone Mountain in Garrett County.

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