Iderdrola seeks extra time to build 300-MW wind project in North Carolina

The Atlantic Wind LLC affiliate of Iberdrola Renewables is trying to see if it can get extra time to build its 300-MW project from the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

In January 2011, Atlantic Wind filed an application with the commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct a 300-MW wind facility in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, North Carolina. The commission approved the project in May of that year. State rules require that a certificate must be renewed if the applicant had not begun construction within two years after the date of the commission order. In March 2013, Atlantic Wind filed a motion to renew its certificate, which was approved the next month.

On Nov. 4, 2014, the commission issued an order amending certain rules and requesting comments on additional proposed rule changes. The adopted rules became effective on Jan. 21, 2015. The new rules extend the period by which the certificate for a merchant plant for which construction has not yet begun must be renewed from two years after the certificate is granted to three years. In a Feb. 4 motion, Atlantic Wind asked that this new three-year deadline be applied retroactively to its project.

The commission issued a Feb. 16 order asking that any parties in interest file comments by March 2 on the Atlantic Wind request.

The facility under the 2011 approval will consist of up to 150 wind turbines, electrical collector lines, a collection substation, a transmission voltage step-up substation, an interconnection switching station, an overhead sub-transmission line, an operations and maintenance facility, and several meteorological towers. It will interconnect with the Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power 230-kV Winfall to Suffolk transmission line, which crosses the southwest portion of the 20,000-acre project area in Perquimans County.

Company contact information is: Atlantic Wind LLC, c/o lberdrola Renewables Inc., 1125 NW Couch Street, #700 Portland, OR 97209-4129.

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