AEP works out interconnect deal for 105-MW wind project in Texas

American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas Central Co., filed on Jan. 12 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a tariff Service Agreement and a fully executed standard generation interconnection agreement with San Roman Wind I LLC for a 105-MW project.

The application for the generator interconnection was originally filed by Pioneer Green Energy LLC. The interconnect would be at AEP Texas Central’s San Roman Substation in Cameron County, Texas, about six miles west of Laguna Vista. This project would have 35 wind turbines, from Acciona Windpower, with a capacity of 3 MW each.

The commercial operation date for the proejct is to be within 12 months after the requested Dec. 19, 2014, effective date for this agreement.

A project contact listed in the agreement is: Greg Buis, phone 512-351-3363, contact@pioneergreen.com.

Said the Pioneer Green website: “Before coming together to form Pioneer Green Energy, the members of our team helped develop competitive projects across the U.S. for a grand total of 5,000+ MW under development and 2,760 MW currently in operation. To help put this in perspective, this is about as many constructed wind projects as have been built in California through 2010.”

The website said about Buis, one of the company’s founders and vice presidents: “Greg Buis manages Pioneer’s wind energy development in the Western U.S. Unit where he has created a diverse portfolio of wind projects. Greg’s experience with wind energy began as a developer with Airtricity, and continued as Director of Mountain West Development at E.On Climate & Renewables. During that time, he developed and implemented the strategy for entrance into key markets and managed projects from Texas to Alberta.”

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