FERC accepts interconnect deal for 650-MW California wind project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 6 accepted a Nov. 26 filing by Southern California Edison of a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) with Alta Windpower Development LLC and the California Independent System Operator for a 650-MW project.

The LGIA specifies the terms and conditions pursuant to which: SoCal Edison and CAISO will provide interconnection service; SoCal Edison will design, procure, construct, own, operate, and maintain its interconnection facilities, reliability network upgrades and delivery network upgrades required to interconnect Alta Windpower’s 650-MW facility to SoCal Edison’s transmission system; and Alta Windpower will pay for such facilities. The LGIA was accepted for filing, effective Jan. 26, 2015, as requested.

Alta Windpower had applied to the CAISO to interconnect its wind facility to be located in Kern County, California (called the “Alta Q175 Project”) to SoCal Edison’s Whirlwind Substation at the 220 kV bus and transmit energy to the CAISO-controlled grid. Alta Windpower proposes a commercial operation date of Dec. 31, 2017.

The LGIA describes this project as: “All equipment and facilities comprising the Interconnection Customer’s 650 MW wind Alta Q175 generating facility in Kern County California, as disclosed by the Interconnection Customer in its Interconnection Request, as may have been amended during the Interconnection Study process, which consists of (i) Vestas V90 3.0 MW wind turbine generators (WTGs) with an output of 650 MW (ii) the associated infrastructure and step-up transformers (iii) meters and metering equipment, and (iv) appurtenant equipment.”

A project contact is: Alta Windpower Development LLC c/o TerraGen Power, Attn: SR VP Wind Generation, dsn@terragenpower.com, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, 25th Fl, Suite A, New York, NY 10036.

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