Exelon wind farms in Michigan, Maryland due for operation this fall

Beebe 1B Renewable Energy LLC, which is developing a 50.4-MW (nameplate) wind facility in Gratiot County, Mich., filed on June 6 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its market-based rate tariff.

This facility will share an undivided interest in certain interconnection facilities with its affiliate, Beebe Renewable Energy LLC. It is currently anticipated that the sale of test power from the new facility will begin on Sept. 1, 2014, and the facility’s commercial operation is expected to begin in the fall of 2014. The entire output of the facility will be sold under separate long-term contracts to the Lansing Board of Water and Light and the Michigan Public Power Agency.

The applicant is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Wind LLC, which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Generation Co. LLC (ExGen). ExGen is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC). ExGen and its subsidiaries have a diverse generation portfolio consisting of approximately 46,000 MW of owned or controlled capacity nationwide.

Beebe Renewable Energy LLC is an EWG that owns an approximately 81.6 MW (summer) wind generation facility that went into operation in 2012.

A company contact is: Vincenzo Franco, Assistant General Counsel–Wholesale Trading Compliance, Exelon Corp., 111 Market Place, Suite 500, Baltimore, MD 21202, (410) 470-2593, vincenzo.franco@exeloncorp.com.

Exelon Corp. said in its April 30 earnings statement that new renewable energy projects in states like Michigan and Maryland are moving forward in the development process. The 50.4-MW Beebe 1B wind project in Michigan and the 40-MW Fourmile Ridge wind project in Garrett County, Md., are both expected to begin construction in the second quarter of 2014, with commercial operation expected by the fourth quarter. The remaining two blocks of the 230-MW Antelope Valley Solar Ranch project in California, Block 1 (28 MW) and Block 2 (20 MW), were expected to begin commercial operation in the second quarter of 2014.

Exelon’s Fourmile Wind Energy LLC on June 6 also applied with FERC for market-based rate authority on its 40-MW project in Maryland. The point of interconnection is at a Potomac Edison 138-kV switching substation. It is currently anticipated that the sale of test power from the facility will begin on Sept. 1, 2014. The facility’s commercial operation is expected to begin in the fall of 2014. The entire output of the facility will be sold into the PJM Interconnection market.

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