165-MW Stephens Ranch Wind Energy II project is starting test operations

Stephens Ranch Wind Energy II LLC on April 13 filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a renewable energy credit registration for its 165-MW wind project at O’Donnell, Texas.

The Commercial Operation Date for this project is anticipated to be May 12, 2015, with test power to be sent to the grid starting April 13 of this year. The project is made up of a series of 1.79-MW wind turbines from General Electric, all to be commercially operating by May 12.

Project contact information is: Stephens Ranch Wind Energy II LLC c/o Starwood Energy Group Global LLC, 591 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06380, Phone: 203-442-7700.

Stephens Ranch Wind Energy II in December 2014 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification of exempt wholesale generator status. Its project will interconnect it 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.

The output will flow over an approximately 5.9-mile, 345-kV transmission line owned by applicant, which will connect from the WETT Long Draw Switching Station to a 345 kV substation at the project location (the “Stephens Ranch Substation”), in which applicant will have a tenancy in common interest pursuant to a Shared Facilities Agreement (SFA) with its affiliate, Stephens Ranch Wind Energy LLC.

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