PJM works out interconnect deal for 500-MW wind project in Ohio

PJM Interconnection on Dec. 31 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filed an executed Interconnection Service Agreement with Emerson Creek Wind LLC and transmission owner American Transmission Systems Inc. (ATSI) for a 500-MW wind project.

The Emerson ISA facilitates the interconnection of the Emerson Creek Wind Farm, a 500-MW facility to consist of 239 Suzlon S97 2.1 MW wind turbines, located in Huron County, Ohio. Under the ISA, on or before April 1, 2018, Emerson Creek Wind must demonstrate commercial operation of all 239 generating units.

The project has PJM Queue #X1-027A_AT12. It would interconnect into ATSI’s Beaver-Davis Besse 345-kV circuit in north-central Ohio.

A project contact listed in the ISA is: Emerson Creek Wind LLC, 310 4th St. NE, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5299, Attn: William Pezalla. The company president is listed as Mark Goodwin. That is the headquarters for Apex Clean Energy, which lists this project on its website.

Said the Apex website: “Apex is building one of the nation’s largest, most-diversified portfolios of renewable energy resources, capable of producing over 10,000 MW of clean energy. Apex has a strong track record of success. In Spring 2014, Apex announced the sale of the 100 MW Hoopeston Wind energy project to IKEA. Located in Illinois, this facility is scheduled to enter commercial operations in early 2015. Apex is managing construction and will serve as asset manager during the operating life of the project. In December 2012, Apex completed construction of the 300 MW Canadian Hills Wind project in Oklahoma. Earlier that year, commercial operation of Apex’s solar facilities in Colorado commenced.”

Said the website about Goodwin: “Mark leads the Apex team and the execution of corporate strategy. He has direct responsibility for project development, construction and engineering, resource assessment, technology, procurement and asset management. Prior to joining Apex, Mark was a Director at Horizon Wind Energy with broad responsibilities in project execution and technology, as well as the lead commercial negotiator for all turbine supply, installation, operations and maintenance agreements. Prior to Horizon, Mark worked for the wind turbine manufacturer Vestas as Sales Manager for North America.”

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