FERC accepts changes for Golden Spread covering new gas unit, wind purchase

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 14 accepted recent filings by Golden Spread Electric Cooperative and affiliate Golden Spread Panhandle Wind Ranch LLC of changes in their market power picture due to, among other things, bringing on-line a new gas-fired power project.

The primary purpose of a July 13 notice was to inform the commission of two changes to the portfolio of generation assets owned or controlled by Golden Spread. Those changes are:

  • Golden Spread’s new Elk Unit 1, a natural gas-fired combustion turbine located near Abernathy, Texas, with a nameplate rating of 191 MW, achieved commercial operations on June 12.
  • Golden Spread’s Ranger Units 1-4, which are small diesel-fueled units, are no longer in service and are in the process of being sold. This results in a net decrease to Golden Spread’s installed capacity of 4 MW in its Market Share Analysis and Pivotal Supplier Analysis.

In a June 12 notice, the Golden Spread companies had outlined these other recent changes:

  • Golden Spread’s cost-based requirements purchase from Southwestern Public Service (SPS) was to be reduced from 500 MW to 300 MW on June 1, 2015, resulting in a net decrease of 200 MW of purchased power resources.
  • Golden Spread has entered into a 100.3-MW purchase from the Seiling II wind farm in Oklahoma. The net capacity factor attributed to the purchase is 25 MW. Golden Spread notes that it cannot officially claim Seiling II wind purchase as a capacity resource until it secures firm transmission service, which is anticipated to occur in 2016.
  • Golden Spread previously reported a 100-MW capacity sale to SPS. This sale was subsequently reduced to 25 MW, and was to terminate completely as of June 1, 2015.

Said the Golden Spread website about the Elk project: “Elk Station officially achieved commercial operation status on June 12, 2015. Elk Station is Golden Spread’s latest addition to a growing generation fleet. Golden Spread awarded the design and construction of Elk Station to Kiweit/TIC, who broke ground the first week of June 2014, just east of our existing Antelope Station. The project incorporates GE‘s latest 7FA.05 combustion turbine. This machine is capable of reaching 70% full-load capacity within 10 minutes.”

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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.