FERC accepts grid deals for a total of 410 MW of Texas wind projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 28 accepted the filing by American Electric Power Service Corp. of transmission-related agreements for two major wind farm projects in Texas.

On Sept. 3, AEPSC submitted on behalf of AEP Texas North a system upgrade agreement between AEP Texas North and Rocksprings Val Verde Wind LLC. The agreement covers a wind project in Val Verde County, Texas, that is due for commercial operation around Nov. 1, 2016. The agreement provides for upgrades to relaying facilities at AEP’s Sonora station for the line towards Hamilton Road station. The generator’s planned 180-MW wind project will be in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas area.

Contact information in the agreement is for SunEdison Inc. A couple of contacts listed in agreement are Scott Pryor, spryor@sunedison.com, and Tim Ellis, tellis@sunedison.com.

Also on Sept. 3, AEPSC submitted on behalf of AEP Texas Central a standard generation interconnection agreement between AEP Texas Central and Magic Valley Wind Farm II LLC for a 230-MW wind project. The agreement provides for the electrical interconnection of this planned 230-MW wind facility, which will be comprised of 115 Vestas V110 turbine units at 2 MW each. Magic Valley’s Radford Run Substation will be located in Willacy County approximately 6.25 miles northeast of Raymondville, Texas. The Substation will interconnect at a temporary Point of Interconnection located on TCC’s Ajo-to-Rio Hondo 345-kV transmission line.

The project timetable in the agreement has no specific dates, with certain steps to occur a given number of months after a prior step. The project contact information is for an office in Austin, Texas: EC&R Development LLC, 512-482-8008, ECRNATransmission@eon.com. EC&R is short for E.ON Climate and Renewables.

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