Southwest Power Pool terminates interconnect for 150-MW Acciona wind project

The Southwest Power Pool filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 23 a notice of cancellation of a 2011 Generator Interconnection Agreement with WindFarm 66 LLC and transmission owner Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), which covered a 150-MW project.

In May 2011, SPP filed the WindFarm 66 GIA with FERC because WindFarm 66 declined to execute the GIA due to a dispute concerning installation of reactive power compensation equipment to meet the power factor requirement. The WindFarm 66 GIA was consistent with the pro forma GIA in the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff. In July 2011, the commission accepted the WindFarm 66 GIA.

In December 2013, WindFarm 66 provided written notice to suspend all work by WFEC associated with the construction and installation of needed interconnection facilities and/or network upgrades required under the WindFarm 66 GIA. That started a contractual 18-month clock to resume this work or the GIA would be terminated. WindFarm 66’s 18-month suspension period ended June 30, 2015.

Said SPP in the July 23 notice to FERC: “WindFarm 66 failed to authorize WFEC to recommence work required under the WindFarm 66 GIA by June 30, 2015. Therefore, on July 8, 2015, SPP notified WindFarm 66 in writing that, pursuant to Article 5.16, SPP was terminating the WindFarm 66 GIA effective June 30, 2015.”

This facility was to consist of 100 Acciona 1.5-MW wind turbines for a total 150 MW. The point of interconnect was to be on the Clinton Junction-to-Clinton transmission line in Oklahoma.

The developer contact information in the GIA is: General Counsel, WindFarm 66 LLC c/o Acciona Wind Energy USA LLC, 333 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60606, Phone: 312-673-3000, Facsimile: 312-673-3001.

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