FERC accepts grid deals for NextEra, Duke wind projects in Texas

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 11 accepted filings by American Electric Power Texas Central Co. of two interconnect agreements for wind projects.

On Oct. 23, AEP Texas Central filed a system upgrade agreement with Javelina Wind Energy LLC. The agreement provides for system upgrades to AEP’s Wormser Road station. The system upgrades require AEP to engineer, procure and construct 138-kV line relay upgrades at Wormser Road station for the line towards the Zapata station. Javelina Wind’s planned 249.9-MW wind project is expected to go into commercial operation around Dec. 1, 2015.

The contact for this project company is: NextEra Energy Resources, Madan Gaudi, 700 Universe Blvd-FGR/JB, Juno Beach, FL 33408, madan.gaudi@nexteraenergy.com.

Also on Oct. 23, AEP Texas Central filed a standard generation interconnection agreement with Los Vientos Windpower V LLCThe agreement provides for the interconnection of planned 110-MW wind facility. The generator’s LK Howard Substation is located about 15 miles northwest of Rio Grande City, in Starr County, Texas. The Substation will interconnect to TCC’s transmission system at a new TCC interconnecting facility, Liston Station. The interconnection will require the generator to build approximately 0.5 mile of 138-kV transmission line from the Substation to the Station. TCC will be required to build the new Station, which includes three 138-kV breakers. The wind facility is expected to go into commercial operation around March 2016.

The contact for this project company is: Los Vientos Windpower V LLC, Mike Braun, (513) 218-3485, mike.braun@duke-energy.com, 139 E. 4th St., Mail Code 300A, Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

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