FERC accepts Southwest Power Pool interconnect deal for third Prairie Breeze project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 29 accepted the Southwest Power Pool‘s Dec. 4 filing of an executed Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with Prairie Breeze Wind Energy III LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Nebraska Public Power District for a 35.8-MW project.

Prairie Breeze plans to construct a 35.8-MW wind farm, consisting of 20 General Electric 1.7-100 XLE 1.79 MW wind turbine generators. The point of interconnection will be the 230-kV bus at NPPD’s Meadow Grove substation located in Madison County, Nebraska.

The targeted commercial operation date in the GIA is April 1, 2016, though the parties agreed to make reasonable efforts to improve on this date to allow for an earlier limited operation interconnection.

The project contact information in the GIA is for Invenergy LLC out of its office in Chicago.

FERC in September 2015 had accepted an application from Prairie Breeze Wind Energy III for authorization to make market-based wholesale sales of energy, capacity, and ancillary services out of this project.  Concurrently with the filing of the market rate application, Prairie Breeze III also filed with the commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

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