Southwest Power Pool files interconnect deal for 180-MW Kansas wind project

The Southwest Power Pool on March 31 submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Generator Interconnection Agreement with CP Bloom Wind LLC and transmission owner ITC Great Plains LLC.

CP Bloom plans to construct a 180-MW facility, which will consist of 60 Vestas V112 GridStreamer 3.0 MW wind turbine generators. The CP Bloom GIA provides for the interconnection of the facility to ITC’s transmission system. The point of interconnection will be at ITC’s Clark County 345-kV substation, located in Clark County, Kansas. The targeted commercial operation date for the project is Dec. 1, 2016.

A project contact listed in the GIA is: Matthew Martin, Manager of Development, CP Bloom Wind LLC, 99 Summer St, Suite 1000, Boston, MA 02110, Phone 617-274-7700,

That e-mail address is for Capital Power, which says on its website: “Capital Power (TSX: CPX) is a growth-oriented North American power producer headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. The company develops, acquires, operates and optimizes power generation from a variety of energy sources. Capital Power owns more than 3,100 megawatts of power generation capacity at 16 facilities across North America and owns 371 megawatts of capacity through a power purchase agreement.”

Said the website about this particular project: “In February 2014, subsidiaries of Capital Power acquired 100% of the Bloom Wind Power Project from Norvento USA, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Norvento Enerxia of Spain. Bloom Wind is a proposed 180-MW wind farm located on 11,500 acres of privately owned lands approximately 20 miles south of Dodge City in Ford and Clark Counties, Kansas.  The project lands are located within one of the strongest wind regimes in the U.S. with an average wind speed of over 9 metres per second.

“The Bloom Project has been under development since November 2010 and has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as a Conditional Use Permit from Ford County, where the majority of the Project will be located. Consultation with state and federal agencies regarding project design continues to ensure minimal impacts to the community of Bloom and the surrounding environment. The proposed project design currently consists of approximately 60 3.0 MW wind turbines.”

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