Goodwell Wind drops complaint against Noble Great Plains Windpark

Goodwell Wind Project LLC, without explaing why, told the Public Utility Commission of Texas in an Aug. 6 notice that it is dropping a recent complaint against Noble Great Plains Windpark LLC over transmission interconnect issues.

“Goodwell Wind Project, LLC (‘Goodwell’) hereby withdraws its complaint that initiated this proceeding,” said the brief filing. “Goodwell has not yet presented its direct case in this docket and, therefore, is entitled to withdraw its complaint without first obtaining authorization from the Public Utility Commission of Texas.”

Goodwell Wind Project had filed this complaint on July 6. Goodwell is developing a wind farm located in Oklahoma which will interconnect and deliver power to a facility known as the Hitchland Interchange substation, which is located in Texas and is owned and operated by Southwestern Public Service Co. Noble is currently operating a wind farm in Hansford County, Texas, that is interconnected to Hitchland.

Goodwell said that in February 2014, Noble denied Goodwell’s request for permission to connect to Hitchland. Noble has since followed up that denial with a lawsuit. Goodwell said Noble’s actions violate the commission’s prohibition against “unfair, misleading, deceptive or anti-competitive practices,” and it should therefore be sanctioned by the PUC for those violations. “[S]mply put, Noble claims its easement, which surrounds Hitchland, allows it to exclude other wind providers from crossing that easement in order to access and interconnect their lines to that substation,” said the July 6 complaint.

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