PJM works on interconnect issues for 200-MW wind project in Illinois

Lexington Chenoa Wind Farm LLC has proposed a 200 MWE (26 MWC) wind facility connecting into the existing Commonwealth Edison-owned Pontiac Midpoint-to-Brokaw Line 8001 in McLean County, Illinois.

The project was evaluated for compliance with reliability criteria for summer peak conditions in 2018, said a PJM Interconnection study on the project dated November 2015. The project developer had requested a proposed in-service date of Dec. 31, 2018.

The proposed interconnection of this project, under PJM queue #Z2-087, would be into a new 345-kV interconnection substation on the Pontiac MidPoint–Brokaw line. The scope of work includes installation of three 345-kV circuit breakers.

The intent of this System Impact Study is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation interconnection project to the PJM network at a location specified by the project developer. This study is a mid-point in a queue system that eventually leads to an Interconnection Service Agreement.

As usual, these PJM studies don’t give background information on the project companies. Illinois Secretary of State records show that the company was registered in 2009 and that contact information is: Gabriel Alonso Imaz, 808 Travis #700, Houston, Texas 77002. A person of the same name is CEO of EDP Renewables North America and that address is the same one that EDP uses for its U.S. main office.

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