Brazos Electric works out interconnect for 96-MW Buckthorn Wind project

Brazos Electric Power Cooperative on Sept. 18 filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas a Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement with Buckthorn Wind Project LLC for a 95.7-MW (nominal) project in Erath County.

Under the agreement, the project has a targeted commercial operation date of Nov. 1, 2016. The project, made up of 29 wind turbines at 3.3 MW each, would interconnect at Brazos Electric’s Buckthorn Switching Station.

A Buckthorn Wind Project contact listed in the SGIA, at the Infinity Wind Power office in California, is Tom Whitaker, 805-452-6318,

The Lower Colorado River Authority on June 10 announced that it has signed a purchase power agreement with Buckthorn Wind Project for wind energy, capacity and renewable energy credits. LCRA said this project will produce an estimated 96.6 MW in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas northern area. The project is expected to begin generating power for customers in fall 2016.

“LCRA has long been a leader in making renewable energy available to our customers,” said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. “Since its beginning in the 1930s, LCRA has offered renewable energy by using the waters of the Colorado River to generate hydroelectric power. In 1995, LCRA played a key role in developing the first wind power project in Texas, and the addition of the wind from Buckthorn reinforces the importance of renewables in our power portfolio.”

Matt Riley, CEO of Infinity Wind Power, said: “Infinity Wind Power is pleased to provide this low-cost energy resource to LCRA. LCRA is a leader in renewable energy, and we’re delighted to team with them on the Buckthorn Wind Project.”

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