FERC okays two planned Prairie Breeze projects to share interconnection facilities

On Sept. 29, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved an Aug. 14 application from Prairie Breeze Wind Energy LLC (Prairie Breeze I), Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II LLC (Prairie Breeze II), and Prairie Breeze Wind Energy III LLC (Prairie Breeze III) for authorization for Prairie Breeze II and Prairie Breeze III to acquire, from Prairie Breeze I, joint ownership and use of certain existing and future electric interconnection facilities.

These project companies are:

  • Prairie Breeze I owns and operates a 200.6-MW wind facility located near Petersburg, Nebraska. Prairie Breeze I owns limited interconnection transmission facilities through which the Prairie Breeze I Project is interconnected with the transmission system owned by the Nebraska Public Power District (Nebraska Public). These limited interconnection facilities consist of 34.5-kV collection lines and related facilities, a 230 kV collection line substation, transformers and related disconnect switches, and facilities that connect to the transmission system owned by Nebraska Public. Nebraska Public’s transmission system is operated by the Southwest Power Pool.
  • Prairie Breeze II is constructing and will own and operate 73.4 MW of wind facilities that will be located near Petersburg, Nebraska. The Prairie Breeze II Project will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Nebraska Public. Prairie Breeze II will sell energy, capacity, and ancillary services at wholesale pursuant to its market-based rate authority.
  • Prairie Breeze III is developing and plans to construct, own and operate a 35.8-MW wind project that will be located in Antelope and Boone counties, Nebraska. It will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Nebraska Public. Prairie Breeze III will sell energy and capacity from the Prairie Breeze III Project pursuant to its market-based rate authority. The applicants have entered into a Co-Tenancy Agreement which will govern their proposed joint ownership and use of certain interconnection facilities that each of them will need, and use, to interconnect with the transmission system operated by Nebraska Public.