New interconnect deal covers uprated Steele Flats wind farm in Nebraska

The Southwest Power Pool filed on May 20 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a replacement Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with Steele Flats Wind Project LLC and transmission owner Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) for an uprated project.

FERC had accepted the original Steele Flats GIA in October 2014. Under that version of the GIA, Steele Flats planned to construct a 74.8-MW wind facility, which was to consist of 44 General Electric 1.7-MW wind turbines. Steele Flats then entered a new Interconnection Request to uprate the facility by 3.96 MW by increasing the rating of the 44 General Electric 1.7 MW existing wind turbines to 1.79 MW, thereby increasing the combined output of the 44 turbines to 78.76 MW.

A project contact listed in the new GIA is: Business Manager, 
Steele Flats Wind Project LLC, 700 Universe Boulevard
, Juno Beach, FL 33408-2683, Phone: 561-304-6763.

NextEra Energy Resources LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), in June 2014 held an official dedication of the Steele Flats Wind Energy Center, located in Jefferson and Gage counties, Neb. It said at that time that the project’s capacity was 74.8 MW. It said the project is comprised of 44 GE turbines that each has the capacity to generate 1.7 MW. All of the power generated by the Steele Flats facility is being provided to the Nebraska Public Power District under a long-term contract.

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