October has brought news, mostly positive, for a number of wind projects

There have been a number of developments in the last couple of weeks related to wind power projects, with a Minnesota project dropping by the wayside and several projects able to advance in the PJM Interconnection queue process.

Here is a roundup of some of these developments, as previously reported by Generation Hub:

  • The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued an Oct. 6 order revoking a site permit, first issued in 2008, for the 31.5-MW Comfrey Wind Energy LLC project. This wind farm was to be located in Brown and Cottonwood counties. The developer was unable to secure a power offtake contract.
  • EDF Renewable Development LLC has proposed a wind facility located in Carbon County, Pa., that will have a total capability of 60 MW with 7.72 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is in December 2017, said a study on the project from PJM dated September 2015.
  • Tihali Wind Turbines LLC has proposed a wind generating facility located in Carbon County, Pa., that will have a total capability of 208.5 MW with 27 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date for this project is June 2016. This study does not imply a PPL Electric Utilities commitment to this in-service date, said PJM in a System Impact study on the project dated September 2015. 
  • PJM has released a System Impact Study, dated September 2015, that covers work that it and FirstEnergy Service Co. on behalf of West Penn Power have done on an interconnection request from EC&R Development LLC for a 10.66 MW Capacity/82 MW Energy Generation facility to the West Penn Power system. EC&R Development has proposed a commercial operation date of Oct. 1, 2017, for this facility, to be made up of 41 wind turbines with 2 MW of capacity each.
  • Sharyland Utilities LP filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas on Oct. 2 a Generation Interconnection Agreement with Exelon Wind LLC for a 300-MW project that is scheduled for commercial operation on Dec. 15, 2016. This is called the Swisher Wind Energy Project. The Point of lnterconnection is located in Castro County, Texas, at Sharyland’s Ogallala Substation. The project size is up to 300 MW in total at the POI using an unspecified combination of General Electric 100 and 116 wind turbines.
  • The Sendero Wind Energy LLC affiliate of Exelon Wind said in a Sept. 29 filing with the Public Utility Commission of Texas that its 78-MW wind project is due for commercial operation around Dec. 18 of this year. The Sept. 29 filing was a registration as a renewable energy generator. The project is made up of a series of 2-MW GE wind turbines located at a site in northern Jim Hogg County.
  • PJM has issued a System Impact Study, dated September 2015, on a 224.3-MW wind project in West Virginia that is backed by NextEra Energy Resources LLC. This report provides the documentation of an assessment that has been performed by PJM and FirstEnergy in response to a request made by NextEra Energy Resources for the connection of a 224.3 MW (29 MW capacity) project to the William 138-kV substation, which is located in Tucker County, W.Va.
  • Terrapin Hills LLC is at a mid-point in the PJM queue process for a 69.6-MW wind project, to be located just north of Friendsville, Maryland. A System Impact Study, dated September 2015, covers the work performed by PJM and FirstEnergy/Potomac Edison in response to a request made by Terrapin Hills for the connection of a 69.6 MW (9.1 MW capacity) generation project to the Hazelton–Jennings 138-kV line. The project would be comprised of 29 Nordex wind turbines, the study says.
  • PJM, in a System Impact Study dated September 2015, looks at the interconnection of the 78.2-MW Rocky Forge Wind LLC project to the Virginia Electric and Power system. This wind project is located southeast of Daggers Springs, Virginia. The installed facilities will have a total capability of 78.2 MW with 10.1 MW of this output being recognized by PJM as capacity. The proposed in-service date is Dec. 14, 2017. Says an Apex Clean Energy website for this project: “Apex Clean Energy is investigating the potential for Rocky Forge Wind, and we will be actively meeting with landowners, community leaders, and the public to share information about the project over the next several months.”
  • Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC and Fluvanna Wind Energy LLC have worked out a standard generation interconnection agreement (SGIA) for a 240-MW wind project that Oncor filed on Oct. 1 at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The Point of Interconnection is located in Scurry County, Texas, at the Dermott Switching Station. The project would be made up of 75-120 wind turbines, with total capacity not to exceed 240 MW. These will tentatively be GE turbines. The scheduled commercial operation date is March 1, 2017.
  • The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council is taking public comment until Oct. 21 on a request by Montague Wind Power Facility LLC for a two-year delay in the construction start and construction finish deadlines for its 404-MW project. This wind farm would be located in Gilliam County, approximately 1.5 miles south of the city of Arlington. The company has requested approval of Amendment #2 to a council-approved Site Certificate. The requested amendment seeks to extend the deadline to begin construction from Sept. 14, 2015, to Sep. 14, 2017, and to extend the deadline to complete construction from Sept. 14, 2018, to Sept. 14, 2020. The council issued the certificate in September 2010. The facility will connect to the regional transmission system through the Bonneville Power Administration’s Slatt Substation and an existing 500-kV Slatt-Buckley transmission line via an overhead 230-kV transmission line. Montague Wind Power Facility is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables LLC.
  • Siemens Corp. said on Sept. 30 that it has gotten an order by Apex Clean Energy to supply, support installation and provide long-term service for 66 wind turbines for the Grant Wind project in Grant County, Oklahoma. The Grant Wind project follows an announcement from earlier this year that Siemens is providing turbines, service and financing for Apex Clean Energy’s Kay Wind project in Kay County, Oklahoma. Installation of the turbines is scheduled to begin in October 2015, with the start of operations expected in the spring of 2016. Upon completion of the project, Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary Southern Power will acquire the wind farm from Apex Clean Energy. Apex will continue to serve as asset manager of the project, with Siemens providing service.
  • Wake Wind Energy LLC, which is developing a 258-MW project in Texas, on Sept. 30 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification that it is an exempt wholesale generator. Wake is an indirect subsidiary of Invenergy Wind LLC. This project is located in Crosby, Floyd and Dickens counties, Texas. The Wake Project is estimated to begin test power operations in the future, with no specific time period given.
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