Kay Wind aims for mid 2015 operations start at 314-MW project

Kay Wind LLC on Dec. 18 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its initial tariff, under which it will engage in wholesale sales of electric energy and capacity at market-based rates, the grant of certain blanket approvals, and waiver of certain FERC regulations. 

Kay Wind owns and will operate a 314-MW wind facility currently being constructed in Kay County, Oklahoma. Kay Wind has just recently self-certified the facility as an Exempt Wholesale Generator (EWG).

The facility will be comprised of 130 Siemens 2.415-MW wind turbine generators. The 130 Siemens wind turbines will be connected to a 34.5-kV collector system. The collection substation located within the facility will include two 34.5-kV to 345-kV stepup transformers, breakers, switches, protection, control and communication systems and other associated interconnection assets, including a generator tie-line of approximately 100 yards in length connecting the wind facility collection substation to an adjacent Oklahoma Gas and Electric substation. The Southwest Power Pool operates the OGE transmission system connecting the facility.

Kay Wind is projecting that the facility will commence commercial operations in the third or fourth quarter of 2015. Synchronization and production of test power may commence in the second quarter of 2015. It has entered into a 20-year Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement with Westar Energy to sell to Westar 200 MW of firm energy from the facility.

A company contact is: William Pezalla, Transmission Manager, Kay Wind LLC c/o Apex Clean Energy Inc., 310 4th St. NE, Ste 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902, Phone: (434) 282-2107, Fax: (434) 220-3712, E-Mail: bill.pezalla@apexcleanenergy.com.

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