Southwest Power Pool revises Broken Bow II interconnect deal

The Southwest Power Pool on July 9 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a third revised Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with Broken Bow Wind II LLC and transmission owner Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD).

This latest GIA modifies and supersedes the GIA accepted by the commission in September 2013. Broken Bow plans to construct a 73.1-MW wind facility, which will consist of 43 General Electric 1.7-MW wind turbines. The commercial operation deadline for this project under the revised GIA is Dec, 31, 2014.

Among other changes in the GIA, NPPD requested the removal of the phrase “including use of its eminent domain authority” from Article 5.13 to accommodate Nebraska law. Under Nebraska law, NPPD can only exercise its right of eminent domain for a public purpose and obtain land that will be devoted to a public purpose. NPPD cannot use its eminent domain authority to benefit only a single power producer, such as Broken Bow. By removing this phrase from the revised GIA, NPPD will not be required to use its eminent domain authority to facilitate the installation of facilities and/or network upgrades on a third parties’ land, which could be in contravention of Nebraska law.

The Sempra U.S. Gas & Power website classifies this project as under construction, saying: “The 75-megawatt (MW) Broken Bow II is Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s newest wind project. Located in wind-rich Custer County, Nebraska, Broken Bow II will create a new source of clean electricity and provide an economic boost to surrounding communities. The entire output from the wind farm has been sold to the Nebraska Public Power District under a 25-year contract.”

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