Pattern affiliate seeks market authority for 150-MW Indiana wind project

Fowler Ridge IV Wind Farm LLC applied Feb. 10 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an order accepting for filing its Market-Based Rate Schedule related to its in-development, 150-MW wind project in Indiana.

Financing of the Fowler Ridge IV Facility is scheduled to close on or about March 15. In order to obtain the benefit of the blanket preapproval of financing activities that the commission includes in the waivers and blanket approvals granted to entities that obtain market-based rate authorization, the company asked the commission to give expedited consideration to this filing and issue a ruling on or before March 17.

Fowler Ridge IV is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Pattern Renewables LP. Fowler Ridge IV is developing a wind generating facility, with an expected capacity of approximately 150 MW, to be located in Benton County, Indiana, and interconnected with the transmission system owned by Indiana Michigan Power, which is operated by PJM Interconnection within the PJM balancing authority area (BAA).

Applicant has signed an agreement with Vadata Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc., that requires Vadata to select a market participant to execute one or more power purchase agreements (PPA) for the full output of the Fowler Ridge IV Facility at least 60 days prior to commercial operation. Fowler Ridge IV intends to interconnect the facility to the grid via a set of common facilities that currently serve as generator interconnects for three wholly- or partially-owned subsidiaries of BP Wind Energy North America Inc. (BPWENA), each of which owns and operates a wind facility located near the Fowler Ridge IV Facility. The BPWENA subsidiaries are Fowler Ridge Wind Farm LLC, Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm LLC, and Fowler Ridge III Wind Farm LLC.

In describing the various affiliated companies that control power plants, the company mentioned several where there are ongoing situations of note.

  • Spring Valley Wind LLC recently completed the construction and commercial startup of the Spring Valley Wind Facility, a 150-MW facility located in Spring Valley, Nevada. Spring Valley is interconnected to Sierra Pacific Power‘s transmission system, which is within the Nevada Power BAA, and all of the power generated is sold to Nevada Power under a twenty-year power sales agreement.
  • Tres Vaqueros Wind Farms LLC owns a 28.3 MW wind project located in the Altamont Pass, about fifty miles east of San Francisco, California. The Tres Vaqueros facility is a qualifying small power production facility (QF) that has not been operational since November 2009, although it is contemplated that it will resume commercial operations in the future.
  • Ocotillo Express LLC is in the business of developing, owning, and operating the Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Facility, an approximately 265-MW project located in Imperial County, California. The facility interconnects to the transmission system owned by San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), and all of the output from the facility will be sold to SDG&E under a twenty-year PPA.
  • CSOLAR IV West LLC is developing a 150-MW solar project located in El Centro, California, that is expected to begin generating test power in the first quarter of 2015. The output of the facility is fully committed to SDG&E under a long-term power purchase agreement.

A company contact is: Jeremy Rosenshine, Pattern Energy Group LP, Pier 1, Bay 3, San Francisco, CA 94111, Tel (415) 283-4000, Fax (415) 362-7900, jeremy.rosenshine@patternenergy.com.

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