NextEra transmission company files for EWG status related to wind projects

Golden Hills Interconnection LLC on Nov. 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator related to transmission facilities it will operate to get power from two affiliated wind projects in California onto the grid.

Golden Hills Interconnection is directly owned by Golden Hills Wind LLC, which holds a 63% ownership interest, and Golden Hills North Wind LLC, which holds a 37% ownership interest in the interconnection company.

  • Golden Hills Wind is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Bayhawk Wind LLC, which in turn is a direct subsidiary of Bayhawk Wind Sellco LLC and Bayhawk Wind Holdings LLC. Bayhawk Sellco and Bayhawk Holdings each are wholly-owned direct subsidiaries of Bayhawk Wind Funding LLC, which in turn is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is part of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).
  • Golden Hills North is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.

Golden Hills Wind will own and operate a wind facility (the “Golden Hills Facility”) in Alameda County, California, within the California Independent System Operator balancing authority area. The Golden Hills Facility is expected to be energized in late November 2015.

Golden Hills Interconnection will own and provide services to its affiliates over an approximate two-mile, 115-kV generation tie line, along with other related equipment, which will serve to interconnect the Midway Substation, owned by Golden Hills Interconnection, to the 115-kV high side switch at Pacific Gas and Electric’s Tesla Substation.

Golden Hills Interconnection was formed for the purpose of facilitating interconnection to the transmission grid and the sharing of interconnection rights under a the large generator interconnection agreement (GIA) with an affiliated wind energy project owned by Golden Hills Wind and another project, Golden Hills North, which is projected to start operations in 2016. The GIA provides for the interconnection of up to 138.4 MW of capacity, which accommodates the capacity needed for the interconnection of Golden Hills Wind and Golden Hills North.

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