FERC okays new Indiana wind farm to buy into local transmission system

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 28 approved a company with a 150-MW wind project in Indiana to buy into common grid facilities held by owners of neighboring wind projects.

On March 3, Fowler Ridge Wind Farm LLC (Fowler Ridge I), Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm LLC and Fowler Ridge III Wind Farm LLC (collectively called the Fowler Ridge Generators), plus Fowler Ridge IV Wind Farm LLC, filed an application requesting authorization for a transaction. Under this deal, the Fowler Ridge Generators would transfer, and Fowler Ridge IV proposes to acquire, an undivided, joint ownership interest in certain existing interconnection facilities which are currently owned by the Fowler Ridge Generators.

Each of the applicants has developed or is developing a wind generating facility on adjacent sites in Benton and Tippecanoe counties, Indiana (the Fowler Ridge Site). Fowler Ridge I, Fowler Ridge II, and Fowler Ridge III own and operate a wind facility located at the Fowler Ridge Site, own an undivided joint ownership interest in the Common Facilities and each generation facility is interconnected via the Common Facilities with the transmission system owned by Indiana Michigan Power and controlled by PJM Interconnection.

Fowler Ridge IV is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Pattern Renewables LP. It  is developing a wind facility (the Fowler Ridge IV Facility) with a planned capacity of 150 MW, to be located at the Fowler Ridge Site. The Fowler Ridge IV Facility will be interconnected via the Common Facilities with the transmission system owned by Indiana Michigan. Fowler Ridge IV has submitted an application for market-based authority and will submit a notice of self-certification of EWG status prior to commencing the sale of test energy from the Fowler Ridge IV Facility.

Fowler Ridge IV has entered into an agreement with Vadata Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc., pursuant to which Vadata will select a market participant to execute one or more power purchase agreements to purchase the output of the Fowler Ridge IV Facility at least 60 days prior to its commercial operation.

Fowler Ridge IV on April 28 separately filed with FERC a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

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