Stephens Ranch Wind Energy II LLC, which is building a nearly 165-MW wind project, filed on March 6 at the Texas Public Utility Commission a registration as a power generator.
It attached to the filing an exempt wholesale generator notice filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The commpany is indirectly wholly controlled by Starwood Energy Group Global LLC, which is a private equity fund focusing on energy infrastructure in investments, including acquiring and holding interests in power generation and transmission projects.
Stephens Ranch is developing and will own and operate an approximately 164.68 MW wind project located in Borden and Lynn counties, Texas. The project is under construction and is expected to generate test power sometime in April 2015 and reach commercial operation by May 12, 2015. The “eligible facilities” are comprised of 92 General Electric 1.79 MW-100 wind turbines and related real property, as well as other equipment necessary to interconnect the generation facilities to the 345-kV bus at the Wind Energy Transmission Texas LLC Long Draw Switching Station in Borden County, Texas, and the transmission system operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
The electric output will flow over an approximately 5.9-mile, 345 kV transmission line owned by the applicant, which will connect from the WETT Long Draw Switching Station to a 345-kV substation at the project location, in which applicant will have a tenancy in common interest pursuant to a Shared Facilities Agreement between its and its affiliate, Stephens Ranch Wind Energy LLC.
A company contact is: Alexander Daberko, Starwood Energy Global Group LLC, 591 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830, (203) 442-8104 (phone), (203) 442-7852 (facsimile), ADaberko@Starwood.com.