FERC accepts end of interconnection deal for NextEra wind farm in Texas

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 20 accepted an Oct. 1 notice from American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of its affiliate AEP Texas North, of the cancellation of an interconnection agreement dated April 6, 2000, between AEP Texas North and Indian Mesa Wind Farm LLC.

AEP Texas North sold, transferred, and assigned to LCRA Transmission Services Co. (LCRA TSC) all of its rights and obligations regarding certain transmission facilities, which included the interconnecting facilities directly connecting Indian Mesa’s interconnection facilities. Consistent with that transfer, TNC assigned its rights and obligations under the agreement to LCRA TSC. As of Aug. 17, 2015, AEP Texas North is no longer a party to the agreement, and neither of the succeeding parties (LCRA and Indian Mesa) is subject to the jurisdiction of FERC.

This 82.5-MW wind farm interconnects at the McKenzie Substation in Pecos County. The transfer agreement shows that Indian Mesa Wind Farm LLC is affiliated with NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

A fact sheet on the NextEra website shows that this wind farm is operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources and consists of 125 660-kW Vestas V47 turbines. It began commercial operation in 2001 and was acquired by NextEra Energy Resources in 2002.

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