Wisconsin Electric power deals with Iowa wind farms expire

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on March 25 approved a March 4 application from Wisconsin Electric Power to decertify the Barton II wind farm in Iowa as a renewable facility under Wisconsin’s Renewable Portfolio Standard.

This 80-MW facility consists of forty 2-MW wind turbines and is owned by Barton Windpower LLC and operated by Iberdrola Renewables, said the March 25 order. The commission originally certified this facility for the applicant in 2010, with an additional order in the same docket that certified 50 MW of the facility based on Wisconsin Electric Power’s purchase power agreement (PPA) with the facility’s owner.

The commission noted: “The PPA between the applicant and the facility’s owner expired on January 1, 2015, which ends the facility’s eligibility for the Wisconsin Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).” If an entity wishes to recertify the facility for the Wisconsin RPS in the future, it will need to submit a request for certification with the commission.

Also on March 25, the commission approved another March 4 request from Wisconsin Electric Power, this one to decertify Crystal Lake III in Iowa as a renewable facility under the Wisconsin RPS. This 66-MW wind facility consists of forty-four 1.5-MW wind turbines and is owned by Crystal Lake III LLC and operated by NextEra Energy Operating Services. Based on the purchase power agreement between the applicant and the facility’s owner, the commission certified 45 MW from this facility in 2012. The purchased power agreement between Wisconsin Electric Power and the facility’s owner expired on Jan. 1, 2015.

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