SPP cancels interconnection with EDF Renewable wind project in Kansas

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) canceled a generator interconnection agreement with EDF Renewable Development (EDF Renewable) involving transmission substation work and related facilities associated with an EDF Renewable wind power project that was planned in Kansas, according to documents at FERC.

EDF Renewable decided not to pursue the project, which was a facility in the development pipeline and had not been announced by the company, an EDF Renewable spokesperson told TransmissionHub Oct. 12.

In an Oct. 7 order (Docket No. ER15-2420), FERC accepted SPP’s cancelation of the generator interconnection agreement after it received no protests or opposition to SPP’s request.

The grid operator filed on Aug. 12 to cancel the agreement, which was reached between SPP as transmission provider, Mid-Kansas Electric Company (Mid-Kansas) as transmission owner and EDF Renewable as generation owner. The 2013 agreement called for EDF Renewable to pay for Mid-Kansas to install one 345-kV line terminal, two 345-kV circuit breakers, bus supports and other work at the Mid-Kansas Spearville 345-kV substation.

The agreement said the facilities would support the addition of wind turbines with a total capacity of 205.5 MW.

In a letter to Mid-Kansas on Jan. 15, 2014, EDF Renewable asked Mid-Kansas to suspend all work associated with the interconnection facilities required under the interconnection agreement. Under the agreement, EDF Renewable had 18 months to have Mid-Kansas resume work before the agreement would be deemed terminated, and that deadline passed on July 15, SPP told FERC.

In late July, SPP informed EDF Renewable that it was terminating the interconnection agreement, effective July 15.

EDF Renewable has wind power facilities already in place near the Spearville substation. It commissioned the Spearville 3 project on Oct. 25, 2012, with an installed capacity of 100.8 MW. That project, using 63 General Electric (NYSE:GE) turbines, sells the output to utility Kansas City Power and Light.