Southern California Ed files interconnect covering partial retirement of wind farm

Southern California Edison filed on Sept. 17 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed amended Generator Interconnection Agreement with San Gorgonio Westwinds II LLC (SGWWII) that covers a partial shutdown of an existing facility.

“The Section 20 Power Purchase Contract Trust (‘Section 20 Trust’) owned and operated a 12.928 MW wind generating facility named the Phoenix Energy Project (‘Project’), located in Palm Springs, California, for the benefit of the trust beneficiaries, SGWWII, and DifWind Farms Limited V (‘DifV’),” the filing noted. The Project is an existing interconnected generation resource.

“The Section 20 Trust had been selling the capacity and energy produced by the Project entirely to SCE under a power purchase agreement (‘PPA’) subject to the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission (‘CPUC’), dated July 6, 1984. The PPA included, as an Appendix thereto, an interconnection facilities agreement (‘IFA’) pursuant to which, among other things, SGWWII, DifV and SCE established interconnection arrangements between the Project and SCE’s electric system.

The Section 20 Trust agreement terminated on Jan. 19 of this year, creating the need for the GIA.

“On August 14, 2015, DifV submitted an affidavit to SCE stating that it is permanently abandoning and decommissioning its 1.728 MW portion of the Project,” the utility added. “That action enabled SGWWII and SCE to resolve all remaining issues between them concerning SGWWII’s 11.2 MW portion of the Project, as reflected in the amended GIA and amended Service Agreement filed herein.

“The amended GIA and amended Service Agreement reflect: (i) the decommissioning of DifV’s 1.728 MW portion of the Project and removal of DifV as a party to the agreements; (ii) a revised Project capacity from 12.928 MW to 11.2 MW due to the decommissioning of DifV’s portion of the Generating Facility; (iii) revised Interconnection Facilities due to updated information based on the engineering assessment described in Section 18(b) of Appendix A to the GIA, as identified in Sections 1(a) and 1(b) of Appendix A to the amended GIA; and (iv) other administrative changes.”

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