The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 14 granted Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II LLC authority to make wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates, effective April 15, as requested.
Also, it granted Prairie Breeze II’s request for waiver of the commission’s requirements to file an Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT), to establish and maintain an Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS), and to comply with the commission’s Standards of Conduct. It also granted Prairie Breeze II’s request for other waivers commonly granted to market-based rate sellers, except as noted. Additionally, FERC decided that Prairie Breeze II meets the criteria for a Category 1 seller in the Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Southwest Power Pool and Central regions and is so designated.
In its Feb. 13 application, Prairie Breeze II stated that it will own and operate a 73.39-MW wind facility that is currently being constructed near Petersburg, Nebraska, in the Southwest Power Pool market. Prairie Breeze II states that the output of the facility will be sold to Lincoln Electric System under a long-term power sale agreement.
The project is estimated to begin generating test power in the third quarter of 2015. Prairie Breeze II will also own interests in limited interconnection facilities which are necessary to effectuate its power sales. The project will be interconnected to the facilities and system owned by Nebraska Public Power District. NPPD’s system is operated by the Southwest Power Pool.