FERC accepts new interconnect deal for smaller Ridgetop Energy wind farm

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 22 accepted a March 19 filing by Southern California Edison of a Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) and service agreement for wholesale distribution service between itself and Ridgetop Energy LLC and Pacific Crest Power LLC.

Southern California Edison is part of Edison International (NYSE:EIX).

The agreements cover a 48.039-MW wind facility known as the Ridgetop 1 Project, located in Mojave, California. The GIA specifies terms and conditions pursuant to which SoCal Edison will own, operate, and maintain interconnection facilities required to interconnect the project. The service agreement sets forth SoCal Edison’s agreement to provide distribution service for power produced by the project to the California ISO-controlled grid.

These new agreements are related to termination of a power purchase agreement (PPA) for this existing wind facility. It is interconnected to the SoCal Edison distribution system via a tap on the Windhub-Monolith-Windfarm 66-kV line.

The companies have been selling the capacity and energy produced by the project entirely to SCE under a 1983 PPA. The PPA includes an interconnection agreement. But now these project companies desire to terminate the PPA, including the existing interconnection deal, and to establish new interconnection arrangements.

The new GIA indicates that parts of this wind farm have been decommissioned over time, after the project started at 65 MW in size. It describes the current facility as: “All equipment and facilities comprising the Interconnection Customer’s 48.039 net MW (48.039 gross MW) wind powered Ridgetop I generating facility at 10315 Oak Creek Road, Mojave, California, as disclosed by the Interconnection Customer, which consists of (i) forty-nine (49) Vestas V-47 0.660 MW, one-hundred ninety seven (197) Nordtank NTK75 0.075 MW, one (1) derated Vestas V-47/PS600 0.600 MW, and three (3) NEG Micon NM108 0.108MW wind turbines, total 48.039 MW, (ii) the associated infrastructure and step-up transformers, (iii) meters and metering equipment, and (iv) appurtenant equipment.”

A company contact is: Ridgetop Energy LLC and Pacific Crest Power LLC c/o Terra-Gen Power LLC, Darren P. Kelly, Director, Business Management, dkelly@terra-genpower.com.

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