EWG notices filed at FERC covering four power plants in California

Four related companies with existing power plants in California that as of May 1 will have a new customer offtake arrangement filed on March 4 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission separate notices of self-certification as exempt wholesale generators.

  • Bear Mountain Ltd. is a Texas limited partnership that owns and operates a 46 MW (nameplate) natural gas-fired facility located in Bakersfield, California. The facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Pacific Gas & Electric and operated by California Independent System Operator. The facility currently is operating as a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, as amended.
  • Chalk Cliff Ltd., a Texas limited partnership, also filed an EWG notice. It owns and operates a 46 MW (nameplate) natural gas-fired facility located in Bakersfield, California. This QF facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Pacific Gas & Electric and operated by the California Independent System Operator.
  • Live Oak Ltd., a Texas limited partnership, owns and operates a 46 MW (nameplate) natural gas-fired QF facility located in Bakersfield, California. It is also seeking EWG status. The facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Pacific Gas & Electric and operated by the California Independent System Operator.
  • Another EWG notice was from McKittrick Ltd., a Texas limited partnership that owns and operates a 46 MW (nameplate) natural gas-fired facility located in Bakersfield, California. It is also interconnected to the transmission system owned by Pacific Gas & Electric and operated by California Independent System Operator.

The four companies also filed March 4 applications with FERC for market-based rate authority. Said McKittrick about its need for this approval: “Seller currently is exempt from rate regulation under [Federal Power Act] sections 205 and 206, because the entire output of the Facility is sold pursuant to the California Public Utility Commission’s (CPUC’s) implementation of section 210 of PURPA. However, Seller has entered into a new long-term tolling agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), which will take effect on May 1, 2015. Sales made pursuant to the PG&E tolling agreement will be subject to rate regulation by the Commission under FPA sections 205 and 206. In order to ensure that Seller can continue to sell energy, capacity, and ancillary services without interruption, Seller respectfully requests that the Commission grant expedited treatment for this Petition and issue an order on or before April 27, 2015 that accepts for filing Seller’s Market-Based Rate Tariff effective April 30, 2015.”

McKittrick is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of FREIF Redwood Holdings LLC, which is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of FREIF North American Power III LLC (FREIF NAP III). FREIF NAP III is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of FREIF North American Power II LLC (FREIF NAP II). FREIF NAP II is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of FREI Bravo AIV LP (FREI). FREI is controlled directly and indirectly by senior officers of First Reserve, a global private equity firm focused on the energy industry.

The March 4 rate applications from the other three companies made similar declarations about tolling agreements with Pacific Gas & Electric and company ownership.

A company contact in all cases is: Daniel Consie, Vice President–Asset Management, Western Region, Consolidated Asset Management Services LLC, 34759 Lencioni Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93308, Telephone (661) 387-7816, dconsie@camsops.com.

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