Power project development in 2015 lags 2014 by about 3,000 MW

New build and expansion power projects in 2015 lagged about 3,000 MW behind the 2014 total, said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a monthly infrastructure update issued on Feb. 2 and covering the December 2015 period.

The update also includes some full year 2015 figures. In all of 2015, a total of 433 units of new and expanded capacity were brought into operation representing a total of 16,485 MW, against 741 units and 19,425 MW in 2014. In December 2015, the new additions came in at 33 units representing 2,819 MW of capacity.

Facilities coming on-line this past December were:

  • Roosevelt Wind Project LLC – 250 MW Roosevelt Wind Project in Roosevelt County, New Mexico. The power generated is sold to Southwestern Public Service under long-term contract.
  • Javelina Wind Energy LLC – 250 MW Javelina Wind Farm Phase II Expansion Project in Webb County, Texas. The power generated is sold to Austin Energy under long-term contract.
  • Los Vientos Windpower IV LLC – 200 MW Los Vientos Windpower Expansion Project in Starr County, Texas. The power generated is sold to Garland Power and Light under long-term contract.
  • Shannon Wind LLC – 202.3 MW Shannon Wind Farm Project in Clay County, Texas.
  • South Plains Wind Energy LLC – 200 MW South Plains Wind Energy Phase 1 Project in Floyd County, Texas.
  • Cedar Bluff Wind LLC – 200 MW Cedar Bluff Wind Farm Project in Ness County, Kansas. The power generated is sold to Westar Energy under long-term contract.
  • Slate Creek Wind Project LLC – 150 MW Slate Creek Wind Project in Sumner County, Kansas. The power generated is sold to Great Plains Energy under long-term contract.
  • Briscoe Wind Farm LLC – 150 MW Briscoe County Wind Project in Briscoe County, Texas.
  • Green Pastures Wind LLC – 150 MW Green Pastures Wind Phase 2 Expansion Project in Knox County, Texas.
  • Thunder Spirit Wind LLC – 107 MW Thunder Spirit Wind Project in Adams County, North Dakota. The power generated is sold to Montana-Dakota Utilities under long-term contract.
  • Campbell County Wind Farm LLC – 95 MW Campbell County Wind Project in Campbell County, South Dakota. The power generated is sold to Basin Electric Power Cooperative under long-term contract.
  • AEP Texas Central Co. – 80 MW Sendero Wind Energy Project in Jim Hogg County, Texas. Notable is that in this case, AEP Texas Central is the interconnecting utility. The developer is the Sendero Wind Energy LLC affiliate of Exelon Wind LLC. 
  • Prairie Breeze Wind II LLC – 73 MW Prairie Breeze Wind Expansion Project in Boone County, Nebraska. The power generated is sold to Lincoln Electric System under long-term contract.
  • Goodwell Wind I, II, and III LLCs – Goodwell Wind I, II, and III Projects in Texas County, Oklahoma. Each project is 66.7 MW in capacity. The power generated is sold to Public Service Co. of Oklahoma under long-term contract.
  • Little Elk Wind Project LLC – 74 MW Little Elk Wind Project in Kiowa County, Oklahoma. The power generated is sold to Peoples Electric Cooperative under long-term contract.
  • Utah Red Hills Renewable Park LLC – 104 MW Utah Red Hills Renewable Park Solar Project in Iron County, Utah. The power generated is sold to PacifiCorp d/b/a Rocky Mountain Power under long-term contract.
  • CED Alamo 5 LLC – 100 MW Downie Ranch Solar Project in Uvalde County, Texas. The power generated is sold to CPS Energy under long-term contract.
  • Constellation Solar Maryland LLC – 20 MW Perryman Solar Farm Project in Harford County, Maryland. The power generated is sold to the Archdiocese of Baltimore under long-term contract.
  • 67RK 8ME LLC – 16.7 MW Red Crest Solar Project in Kern County, California. The power generated is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric under long-term contract.
  • Citizen Solar B LLC – 7 MW Citizen B Project in Fresno County, California.
  • Phoenix Solar Inc. – 5.8 MW University of Illinois Solar Project in Champaign County, Illinois. The power generated is sold to the University of Illinois under long-term contract.
  • Pastime Farm LLC – 5 MW Pastime Solar Farm Project in Clay County, Indiana. The power generated is sold to Duke Energy Indiana under long-term contract.
  • Meares Solar Center LLC – 5 MW Meares Solar Center Project in Columbus County, North Carolina.
  • Indiana Michigan Power – 2.5 MW Deer Creek Solar Project in Grant County, Indiana.
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