Invenergy affiliates seek FERC approval related to battery storage project in W.Va.

Beech Ridge Energy LLC (BR I) and Beech Ridge Energy Storage LLC (BRES) on May 27 requested Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorization for a proposed transaction that involves the acquisition by BRES of an undivided joint ownership interest in certain electric interconnection facilities in southern West Virginia in which BR I owns interests.

BR I owns and operates a 100.5-MW (nameplate) wind project located in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties, West Virginia. BRES is constructing and will own and operate energy storage devices (i.e., batteries) with capacity of up to 52.5 MW (nameplate) that will be located in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties, at the wind farm site.

BR I owns interests in limited electric interconnection transmission facilities that are necessary to effectuate its wholesale power sales. The interconnection facilities that BR I owns consist of 34.5 kV collection lines and related facilities, a collection line substation, transformers and related disconnect switches, and an approximately 15-mile, 138-kV generator-tie line and related facilities that connect to the transmission system owned by Monongahela Power d/b/a Allegheny Power.

BR I and BRES are indirect, partially-owned subsidiaries of Invenergy Investment Co. LLC.

The applicants asked FERC for a quick approval, by June 26, so they can close this deal.

Notable is that while not involved in this application, Invenergy controls Beech Ridge Energy II LLC, which plans to construct, own and operate wind facilities of up to 52.5 MW (nameplate) in Greenbrier and Nicholas counties, near the existing Beech Ridge wind farm. Through the limited interconnection facilities in which BR II plans to own interests, the project will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Allegheny Power and controlled by PJM Interconnection.

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