FERC accepts rate authority for 150-MW Slate Creek Wind project in Kansas

On Aug. 26, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted a July 8 petition from Slate Creek Wind Project LLC, which is developing a 150-MW project in Kansas, 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 interconnection facilities that are 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.

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 facility will interconnect with the Southwestern Public Service-owned transmission system 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. The Milo facility will interconnect with the SPS-owned transmission system 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.

Said the Aug. 26 FERC acceptance letter: “Pursuant to the authority delegated to the Director, Division of Electric Power Regulation – West, under [federal regulations], your submittals filed in the referenced dockets are accepted for filing, effective September 7, 2015, as requested. Based on your representations, Sellers meet the criteria for Category 1 sellers in the Northeast, Southeast, Central, and Northwest regions and Category 2 sellers in the SPP and Southwest regions and are so designated.”

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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.