Southwest Power Pool terminates interconnect deal for 135-MW wind project

The Southwest Power Pool filed on May 19 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of cancellation of a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Wind Farm Bear Creek LLC and transmission owner Sunflower Electric Power Corp. for a 135-MW wind project in Kansas.

In June 2009, SPP filed the Bear Creek LGIA with FERC, which the commission later accepted. In April 2012, Bear Creek provided written notice to suspend all work by Sunflower associated with the construction and installation of the covered interconnection facilities and/or network upgrades. That suspension had a three-year clock where the LGIA would be terminated if the construction didn’t resume.

Bear Creek’s three-year suspension period ended April 24. “Bear Creek failed to authorize Sunflower to recommence work required under the Bear Creek LGIA by April 24, 2015,” wrote SPP. “Therefore, on April 30, 2015, SPP notified Bear Creek in writing that, pursuant to Article 5.16, SPP was terminating the Bear Creek LGIA effective April 24, 2015.”

The LGIA covered a 135-MW project, made of up of 90 Acciona 1.5-MW wind turbines, to interconnect at Sunflower’s Syracuse Substation.

The May 19 termination notice didn’t have any current contact information for the developer. The 2009 LGIA had this contact information: Manager, 
Wind Farm Bear Creek LLC 
c/o Acciona Energy North America Corp., 333 W. Wacker Dr.
, Suite 1500, 
Chicago, IL 60606
, Telephone: 312-673-3000

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