72-MW Marshall Wind project in Kansas due for test startup in Q1 2016

Marshall Wind Energy LLC, which is developing a 72-MW project in Kansas, on Dec. 1 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to authorize it to sell energy, capacity and certain ancillary services at market-based rates.

Marshall Wind is constructing a 72-MW wind project in Marshall County, Kansas, which will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Westar Energy and operated by the Southwest Power Pool. Marshall Wind has executed a Generator Interconnection Agreement with SPP and Westar. The facility is expected to begin testing in the first quarter of 2016 and enter into commercial operation in the second quarter of 2016.

Marshall Wind is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of BHE Wind LLC, which is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of BHE Renewables LLC. BHE Renewables was formed to acquire, own, operate and invest in renewable energy generating facilities through its project company subsidiaries. BHE Renewables is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. (BHE). BHE is a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and supplies energy in the United States and abroad. BHE is a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The Marshall Wind project has a capacity of 72 MW, of which 65 MW is fully committed under long-term contracts to offtakers. Marshall Wind has entered into a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the firm sale capacity for a period of 20 years from the commercial operation date with three separate offtakers:

  • for 25 MW of capacity to the Kansas Power Pool, a municipal utility in Kansas;
  • for 20 MW of capacity to the City of Independence, Missouri; and
  • for 20 MW of capacity to the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission.

Marshall Wind said it is currently negotiating the sale of the remaining 7 MW from this project to an additional, unnamed offtaker.

In addition to Marshall Wind, BHE’s subsidiaries also have interests in two other wind energy projects in the SPP balancing authority area (BAA); Grande Prairie Wind LLC and Kingfisher Wind LLC. Both facilities are currently under development and construction, and are expected to enter into operation during 2016.

  • Grande Prairie Wind is developing and constructing a 400-MW wind facility located in Holt County, Nebraska. Grande Prairie Wind will interconnect to transmission facilities owned by the Western Area Power Administration–Upper Great Plains customer service region, which have been placed under the operational control of SPP. Grande Prairie Wind has entered into a long term PPA for the firm sale of all 400 MW of capacity to the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) from the commercial operation of the facility for a period of 20 years from the firm transmission date declared by OPPD, which will occur on or after the commercial operation of the facility. Grande Prairie Wind will obtain authorization to sell energy, capacity and ancillary services at market-based rates prior to initial energization.
  • Kingfisher Wind is developing and constructing a 298-MW wind facility located in Kingfisher and Canadian counties, Oklahoma. Kingfisher Wind will interconnect to transmission facilities owned by Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) and under the operational control of SPP. Kingfisher Wind has entered into a long-term hedge agreement with Morgan Stanley Capital Group with respect to the output from all 298 MW of capacity of the facility. The commission has granted Kingfisher Wind authorization to sell energy, capacity and ancillary services at market-based rates.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.