Apex unit will handle transmission for 300 MW of Oklahoma wind projects

Grant County Interconnect LLC, which will handle transmission for two Oklahoma wind projects, on Feb. 11 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator.

Grant County Interconnect was formed by Grant Wind LLC and Grant Plains Wind LLC, which are indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Apex Clean Energy Holdings LLC.

  • Grant Wind is constructing and plans to own and operate wind facilities of approximately 150 MW located in Grant County, Oklahoma. Grant Wind will sell electric energy, capacity and /or ancillary services exclusively at wholesale at market based rates.
  • Grant Plains is developing and intends to construct, own and operate wind facilities of approximately 150 MW located in Grant County, Oklahoma. Grant Plains will sell electric energy, capacity and/or ancillary services exclusively at wholesale at market-based rates.

The Grant Project and the Grant Plains Project will include radial electric interconnection facilities necessary to effectuate Grant’s wholesale power sales from the Grant Project and Grant Plain’s wholesale power sales from the Grant Plains Project. Each project will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE) and operated by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

Grant County Interconnect was formed by Grant Wind and Grant Plains to facilitate the interconnection of their projects to the transmission system owned by OGE and operated by SPP. It has entered into a large generator interconnection agreement (LGIA) with SPP and OGE for the interconnection of the Grant Project and the Grant Plains Project, with an aggregate capacity not to exceed 300 MW.

The EWG notice pointed out that the commission has issued an order authorizing Southern Renewable Energy to acquire 100% of the membership interests in Grant Wind LLC.

Grant County Interconnect on Feb. 11 also filed with FERC a Coordination Services Agreement between it and Grant Wind LLC. “The Grant Project is expected to begin generating test energy imminently, and to enter commercial operations in the second quarter of 2016,” the company noted. The filing mentions Grant Plains, but doesn’t give a development timeline for that project. It said that in the future it will file a similar coordination agreement with Grant Plains.

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