EDF’s 150-MW Slate Creek Wind project due for test power output in September

Slate Creek Wind Project LLC, which is developing a 150-MW project in Kansas, on July 8 petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

Slate Creek has a principal place of business in Sumner County, Kansas. It is indirectly wholly-owned by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF-RE). Slate Creek is developing and will own and operate an approximately 150 MW (nameplate) wind facility and related generation interconnection facilities that is under construction in Sumner County. The facility is expected to produce test power in the second half of September 2015.

The facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Westar Energy and operated by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). All the electric energy and capacity from the facility will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to Great Plains Energy.

EDF-RE is a holding company that is wholly owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles S.A., a company organized under the laws of France, which in turn is wholly owned by Électricité de France S.A., which is owned by the French government (84.49%), with a small percentage of shares held by the current and former employees (about 1.72%) and the remaining shares owned by the public. 

In addition to Slate Creek in the SPP balancing authority area, EDF-RE indirectly holds an ownership interest in and operates two other wind generation companies with market-based rate authority and two companies with wind generation projects in development. Those in-development projects are:

  • Roosevelt Wind Project LLC was created to develop, construct, own and operate an approximately 250 MW (nameplate) wind facility that is under construction in Roosevelt County, New Mexico. When complete, the Roosevelt generation facility will interconnect with the SPS-owned transmission system, which is under the functional control of SPP, and its entire output will be sold into the SPS. The Roosevelt generation facility is expected to produce test power in late September or early October 2015.
  • Milo Wind Project LLC was created to develop, construct, own and operate a 49.65 MW (nameplate) wind facility that is under construction in Roosevelt County, New Mexico. When complete, the Milo facility will interconnect with the Southwestern Public Service Co. (SPS)-owned transmission system, which is under the functional control of SPP, and its entire output will be sold into the SPP wholesale market. The Milo project is expected to produce test power in early January 2016.

Once the Slate Creek, Roosevelt, and Milo facilities are operational, Slate Creek and its affiliates will own or control approximately 712 MW of generation in the SPP balancing authority area.

Wind turbine maker Vestas had announced in June 2014 that EDF Renewable Energy had placed an order for 75 of its V110-2.0 MW turbines for the 150-MW Slate Creek Wind Project in Kansas and for 150 of the V100-2.0 MW turbines for the 300-MW Roosevelt Wind Project in New Mexico.

Milo Wind Project LLC in December 2014 filed with FERC a notice of self-certification that it is an exempt wholesale generator based on its ownership and operation of an approximately 50-MW wind facility under development in Roosevelt County, New Mexico.

Also in December 2014, EDF’s Roosevelt Wind Project LLC filed with FERC a notice of self-certification that it is an exempt wholesale generator based on its ownership and operation of an approximately 250-MW wind facility under development in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, the output of which will be sold at wholesale. 

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.