150-MW Grant Wind project in Oklahoma due for operation late this year

Grant Wind LLC, which is developing a 150-MW project in Oklahoma, applied July 13 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its market-based rate tariff.

Grand Wind asked the commission to give expedited consideration to this filing and to accept it on or before Aug. 17. The need for quick commission action results from a combination of commercial factors.

Closing of the financing for Grant Wind is scheduled for Aug. 17. Certain developments relating to milestones in Grant Wind’s power sales agreements have introduced risks to this closing, which commission authorization of Grant Wind’s Application will address. Grant Wind had previously refrained from seeking market-based rate authority at an earlier date to avoid its becoming a jurisdictional public utility and thus requiring commission authorization under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act for a contemplated transfer of ownership to a third-party. That transfer is presently not contemplated to occur in the near future.

Applicant is developing, and will own and operate, a wind facility with an expected generating capacity of approximately 150 MW, to be located in Grant County, Oklahoma, which will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E), which is operated by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and within the SPP balancing authority area (BAA).

The Grant Wind Facility is scheduled to begin test sales around Dec. 28, 2015, and to achieve commercial operation by Feb. 29, 2016.

As for power customers:

  • Grant Wind has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with East Texas Electric Cooperative Inc. for approximately 50.6 MW of the output.
  • In addition, Grant Wind has a long-term PPA with Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative for around 50.6 MW of the output.
  • Also, the company said it has entered into a long-term PPA with Western Farmers Electric Cooperative for about 50 MW of the project output.

The applicant is a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC, which is a privately-held company that is comprised of 71 members.

In addition to its ownership interests in Grant Wind, Apex wholly owns Kay Wind LLC, which is engaged in the development and construction of a 299-MW wind facility in Kay County, Okla. The Kay Wind Facility is scheduled to start commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2015, and will interconnect with the OG&E transmission system, which is operated by SPP and within the SPP BAA.

Project contacts are: Kurt Friesen and Steven Hollingsworth, Apex Clean Energy Inc., 310 4th St. N.E., Charlottesville, VA 22902, Tel: (434) 220-6121, Fax: (434) 707-1275, kurt.friesen@apexcleanenergy.com and steven.hollingsworth@apexcleanenergy.com.

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