NextEra affiliate that will interconnect two new wind farms seeks FERC approval

Golden Hills Interconnection LLC, which is affiliated with two in-development wind farms in California, applied Oct. 15 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

Golden Hills Interconnection is part of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which in turn is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). 

Affiliate Golden Hills Wind LLC is constructing an approximate 85.92 MW wind facility. Golden Hills North LLC intends to construct a wind generating facility in 2016, but owns no energy facilities today and thus is a holding company. Applicant neither owns nor controls generation, but will own interconnection customer interconnection facilities located in Alameda County, California, within the California ISO balancing authority area (BAA).

Applicant’s interconnection facilities will be used by its affiliates, Golden Hills Wind (initially) and Golden Hills North (at some point in 2016), to transmit their power to Pacific Gas and Electric’s 115-kV Tesla Substation. Applicant will submit a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to FERC.

There are various NextEra Energy Resources companies with power plants in the CAISO market, including these with in-development facilities:

  • Blythe Solar 110 LLC is constructing a photovoltaic solar facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 110 MW located in Riverside County, California. Blythe Solar 110 is preparing to file for market-based rate authorization, but may be generating test power prior to the issuance of an order on this application.
  • Golden Hills Wind LLC will own and operate a wind facility with the capacity to produce up to 85.92 MW. The facility is located in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, California. Golden Hills’ authorization to sell power at market-based rates is pending before the commission.

Incidentally, Blythe Solar 110 filed its own Oct. 15 application with FERC for market-based rate authority. It will own and operate a solar facility with a nameplate capacity of about 110 MW located in Riverside County within the CAISO BAA. The facility will connect to its affiliate, NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center LLC, which through its interconnection facilities will interconnect to Southern California Edison’s Colorado River Substation.

Blythe Solar 110 said it has entered into a financial contract associated with the output of its facility, and thus the facility is not deemed to be under long-term contract. It will submit a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to the commission. This company is also part of NextEra Energy Resources.

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