Terra-Gen lines up new power contract for California wind farm

San Gorgonio Westwinds II–Windustries LLC on Oct. 14 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a waiver of a 60-day prior notice requirement and acceptance of its market-based rate tariff, effective Nov. 24, in order to allow it to commence sales from a California wind facility under a new long-term power purchase agreement.

San Gorgonio will be acquiring operational control over a 9.8 MW (nameplate) wind facility in Riverside County, California, and those limited interconnection facilities required to interconnect to the transmission system, through an assignment of interests from its affiliate and direct upstream owner, San Gorgonio Westwinds II LLC, which currently owns and operates the facility. The facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Southern California Edison and located in the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area.

Thos wind farm is one of four wind facilities in Riverside County, California that San Gorgonio Westwinds II currently owns and operates in whole or in part and that are located within one mile of one another. While the capacity of the subject facility is less than 20 MW, in light of the commission’s size aggregation rule for affiliated small power production QFs that use the same energy source and are located within one mile of each other, the aggregate capacity of the San Gorgonio Facilities is 43.4 MW. So, San Gorgonio is filing for market-based rate authority.

Following the assignment of operational control of the facility to San Gorgonio, the output will be sold through a new long-term power purchase agreement with an unnamed customer.

These companies are part of Terra-Gen LLC and affiliated with investment manager Energy Capital Partners LLC.

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