Balko Wind LLC, which has an Oklahoma wind project due to produce initial test power around April 1, filed on Feb. 27 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an Exempt Wholesale Generator.
Balko Wind is developing and will own and operate an approximately 299.7 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Beaver County, Oklahoma. As of the date of this notice, Balko Wind is controlled through various intermediary companies by D. E. Shaw & Co. L.P. In turn, D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. is the general partner of that company.
The facility consists of a wind farm and associated equipment, including a 345-kV, approximately five-mile transmission line leading from the facility collection substation to the point of interconnection with the electric transmission system owned by Oklahoma Gas and Electric and under the operational control of the Southwest Power Pool. Balko Wind is committed to sell the full output of the facility under 20-year power purchase agreements with Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and Western Farmers Electric Cooperative. Presently, the facility is scheduled to begin generating test energy on or around April 1.
A company contact is: Nathan Thomas, Chief Compliance Officer, The D. E. Shaw Group, 1166 Avenue of the Americas, Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10036, (212) 478-0000, firstname.lastname@example.org.