Southwest Power Pool cancels interconnect deal for Solomon Forks Wind project

The Southwest Power Pool on April 28 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of cancellation of a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) with Solomon Forks Wind LLC and transmission owner Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

In May 2009, SPP filed the Solomon Forks LGIA with the commission because it did not conform to the form of LGIA set forth in the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff. In addition, the Solomon Forks LGIA was submitted on an unexecuted basis due a dispute between SPP and Sunflower related to transmission service requirements and SPP’s then real-time energy imbalance service market. In July 2009, the commission accepted the Solomon Forks LGIA

SPP noted: “Article 5.16 of the Solomon Forks LGIA provides that an Interconnection Customer may suspend at any time all work by Transmission Owner associated with the construction and installation of Transmission Owner’s Interconnection Facilities and/or Network Upgrades required under the LGIA. On April 2, 2012, Solomon Forks provided written notice to suspend all work by Sunflower associated with the construction and installation of Transmission Owner’s Interconnection Facilities and/or Network Upgrades required under the Solomon Forks LGIA effective April 2, 2012.

“Article 5.16 of the Solomon Forks LGIA further provides that ‘[i]n the event Interconnection Customer suspends work by Transmission Owner required under this LGIA pursuant to this Article 5.16, and has not requested Transmission Owner to recommence the work required under this LGIA on or before the expiration of three (3) years following commencement of such suspension, this LGIA shall be deemed terminated.’ Solomon Forks’ three year suspension period ended April 2, 2015; therefore, Solomon Forks had until April 2, 2015 to authorize Sunflower to resume work under the Solomon Forks LGIA. Solomon Forks failed to authorize Sunflower to recommence work required under the Solomon Forks LGIA by April 2, 2015. Therefore, on April 9, 2015, SPP notified Solomon Forks in writing that, pursuant to Article 5.16, SPP was terminating the Solomon Forks LGIA effective April 2, 2015.”

The 2009 LGIA shows this project as consisting of 72 Acciona wind turbines with step-up transformers for a total of 108 MW. The Point of Interconnection was to be the Sunflower Mingo Substation 115-kV bus. The developer contact information in the LGIA is for Acciona Energy North America Corp.

In a January 2014 filing at FERC in relation to a tariff dispute with SPP, Acciona said that its projects in SPP included the Solomon Forks Wind Farm, a 108-MW project in Thomas County in northwestern Kansas.

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