Third Rising Tree wind project due for commercial operation in June

Rising Tree Wind Farm III LLC filed on Feb. 10 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for various approvals, including of its Market-Based Rate Tariff, related to its in-development wind project in California.

The company is constructing and will own and operate an approximately 99-MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Kern County, California. It is anticipated that the facility will achieve commercial operation in June 2015. Rising Tree Wind farm III will share ownership of certain common facilities necessary for the operation of the facility with its affiliates Rising Tree Wind Farm LLC and Rising Tree Wind Farm II LLC, which own co-located generation projects.

The facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) and operated by the California Independent System Operator. The output of the facility will be sold exclusively at wholesale to third parties under one or more interim bilateral agreements or directly into the wholesale market until January 2019, at which point the entire output of the facility will be sold to an unaffiliated third party pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement.

Rising Tree Wind Farm III is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPRNA), which develops, owns, and operates, through wholly or partially-owned subsidiaries, renewable electric generation facilities throughout the United States. EDPRNA is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of EDP Renováveis SA.

Those affiliated projects are:

  • Rising Tree Wind Farm LLC owns and operates a 79.2 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Kern County. The output of this Rising Tree I facility is sold exclusively at wholesale to third parties under one or more interim bilateral agreements or directly into the wholesale market until January 2019, at which point the entire output of the Rising Tree I facility will be sold to an unaffiliated third party pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement.
  • Rising Tree Wind Farm II LLC owns and operates a 19.8 MW (nameplate) wind-powered electric generation facility located in Kern County. The output of the Rising Tree II facility is sold exclusively at wholesale to third parties under one or more interim bilateral agreements or directly into the wholesale market until approximately June 2015, at which point the entire output of the Rising Tree II facility will be sold to an unaffiliated third party pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement. 

A company contact is: Leslie A. Freiman Esq., General Counsel, EDP Renewables North America LLC, 808 Travis Street, Suite 700, Houston, TX 77002, Tel (713) 265-0350, leslie.freiman@edpr.com.

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