Interconnect deal worked out for 360-MW wind project in Texas

Filed on April 9 by Electric Transmission Texas LLC with the Public Utility Commission of Texas was a Standard Generator Interconnection Agreement with Electra Wind LLC for a 360-MW wind project in Wilbarger County, Texas.

This project will interconnect at the project developer’s Bendix Substation, which will be located about two miles south of Oklaunion, Texas, and interconnect with the nearby Riley Station. The project is to be made up of 180 General Electric wind turbines each at 2 MW in size. The agreement doesn’t have a specific project completion target date, with the schedule based on trigger points that are predicated on completion of certain infrastucture projects covered by the agreement.

The agreement shows that the sole member of Electra Wind LLC is Lincoln Clean Energy LLC out of Chicago. A company contact listed in the agreement is: Neil O’Donovan, 602-321-6878, nodonovan@lincolnclean.com.

Said the Lincoln Clean Energy website about O’Donovan: “Neil is responsible for engineering, procurement, energy assessment and transmission. Prior to joining LCE he held various positions with NTR, an international investor in wind and solar power, and also worked as a management consultant for Booz & Co. Neil began his career at GE Energy working in the gas and steam turbine services business.”

The website added: “LCE has successfully developed projects in most of the major electric markets in the United States with a heavy emphasis on Texas. A combination of large scale, growing electricity demand and a favorable regulatory framework continue to make Texas a major focus of the company’s efforts across wind, solar and natural gas power projects.”

The in-development projects listed on the Lincoln Clean Energy website are:

  • Horse Creek Wind, 400 MW, Haskell County, Texas, Late Stage Development;
  • Electra Wind, listed on the website at 300 MW, Wilbarger County, Texas, Late Stage Development, site interconnects to the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) substation which is best located to serve electricity demand in the Dallas/Ft Worth area;
  • Nazareth Solar, 260 MW (dc), Swisher County, Texas, Late Stage Development;
  • Rockwood Energy Center, 1,068 MW, Colorado County, Texas, Late Stage Development, Gas-fired Project, On Track for Notice to Proceed in 2015;
  • Shawnee Energy Center, 960 MW, Hill County, Texas, Mid Stage Development, Gas-fired Project located south of Dallas-Ft Worth.
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