FERC grants deadline break for 10-MW New York wind project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 30 granted a waiver to Green Power Energy LLC related to a delay in getting the company’s 10-MW wind project in New York into commercial operation.

On April 3, Green Power Energy requested a waiver of the commercial operation date requirements of Attachments X and Z of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) for Green Power’s 10-MW Cody Road wind project. Green Power requested a waiver to extend the commercial operation date of the project to no later than 15 months from the date of this order and to have its position in the NYISO interconnection queue restored.

Green Power’s project is in the town of Fenner in Madison County, N.Y. The project will interconnect to the transmission system owned by Niagara Mohawk Power d/b/a National Grid under a previously filed small generator interconnection agreement (SGIA), which was accepted by FERC in 2009. According to the original schedule, the project was to be in commercial operation by October 2010; but, by mutual agreement, the SGIA parties later extended this date to June 2013.

Green Power told FERC that it has made significant progress in bringing the project closer to commercial operation. It has executed a contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under the New York renewable portfolio standard program. It also stated that it has negotiated a hedge agreement with a power broker to support its project financing that has attracted investment and allowed Green Power to execute a balance-of-plant contract for project construction.

Also, Green Power said that construction has now commenced at the project evidenced by the installation of a 1,000-foot service road, excavation of the foundations for the wind turbines, and commencement of substation engineering.  It stated that it also has executed a turbine supply agreement, with turbines slated for delivery in September 2014.

Green Power said it sought an extension of the commercial operation date from NYISO, but NYISO was unable to grant the requested extension because the evidence of Green Power’s revenue-generating contracts and the construction that is underway at the project do not align with the dates and particular activities that appear in the milestones contained in the SGIA. Green Power also stated that NYISO withdrew the project from NYISO’s interconnection queue on Feb. 13, 2014.

With respect to the length of the requested commercial operation date extension, Green Power explained that although it would seek a commercial operation date as soon as Dec. 31, 2014, National Grid requires 15 months after the commission acts on the instant request to construct the necessary interconnection upgrades.

FERC on April 30 said there is good cause to grant the waiver and instructed the New York ISO to return this project to the queue.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.