PáTu Wind Farm files complaint against Portland General at FERC

PáTu Wind Farm LLC on Nov. 18 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a complaint seeking enforcement of the commission’s orders in the case PáTu Wind Farm LLC v. Portland General Electric Co.

In light of the threat that available dynamic transfer capacity (DTC) on the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) transmission system may be exhausted, as well as the fact that Portland General Electric’s ongoing violations of the commission’s orders and PURPA are forcing PáTu to bear extraordinary and unjust costs for wind integration and legal expenses, PáTu said it requests fast-track processing of this complaint.

“This Complaint seeks enforcement of the Commission’s orders requiring Portland General to accommodate a dynamic transfer from PáTu’s wind farm to Portland General’s Balancing Authority Area (‘BAA’) at the Troutdale substation,” the complaint said. “Despite the unambiguous commands in the Commission’s previous orders that Portland General cooperate to allow PáTu to deliver its entire net output from its wind generation project to Portland General’s BAA using whatever transmission regime PáTu arranges with BPA, Portland General continues to stonewall PáTu and defy the clear requirements of the Commission’s orders.

“Portland General’s latest gambit is to refuse its cooperation in establishing a pseudo-tie between the PáTu wind project and Portland General’s BAA, despite the fact that BPA has made absolutely clear that its longstanding practice is to require a pseudo-tie as a prerequisite to establishing a dynamic schedule for the full output from any generator located within BPA’s BAA, including PáTu. PáTu therefore seeks an order from the Commission requiring Portland General forthwith to comply with the Commission’s previous orders and imposing appropriate penalties on Portland General for its continued defiance of the Commission’s orders.”

PáTu Wind Farm’s place of business is located at 71190 North Klondike Road, Wasco, Oregon. PáTu’s wind farm is a self-certified QF with a nameplate capacity of 9 MW. Electricity generated by PáTu is delivered across the local grid in Sherman County, Oregon, to BPA’s DeMoss substation. Under the terms of a long-term, firm point-to-point transmission agreement between PáTu and BPA, which operates most of the high-voltage transmission lines in the Pacific Northwest, BPA then delivers PáTu power to Portland General’s BAA at the Troutdale substation at Troutdale, Oregon.

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