Southwest Power Pool files interconnect for 73.4-MW Aksamit wind project

The Southwest Power Pool on Feb. 11 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Generator Interconnection Agreement with wind project developer Aksamit Resource Management LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Nebraska Public Power District.

Aksamit plans to construct a 73.4-MW wind facility, which will consist of 41 General Electric 1.7-100 XLE 1.79 MW wind turbine generators. The Aksamit GIA provides for the interconnection of this facility to NPPD’s transmission system. The point of interconnection will be the 115-kV bus at NPPD’s Friend Substation.

The targeted commercial operation date for the project is Nov. 1, 2017. 

A project contact listed in the GIA is: Jay Rajaratnam, Aksamit Resource Management LLC, Phone 952-210-2129, jrajaratnam@firstsecuritypower.com.

That is contact information for First Security Power, which says on its website that the company was founded by Gary Aksamit and Phil Pogge. “Recognizing the limits inherent in being beholden to power purchase agreements crafted by incumbent utilities, Aksamit Resource Management formed First Security Power, an energy marketing company, to enable direct relationship building with the communities that represent the 130 wholesale power buyers in Nebraska,” said the website.

Said the website about Rajaratnam: “Jay Rajaratnam is an engineer by training with extensive experience in supply chain management and operations. He currently manages projects at First Security Power and Aksamit Resource Management. Before joining First Security Power, Jay obtained his MBA at St. Thomas University. Jay’s work experience includes engineering at Ford Motor Company and in quality engineering and planning roles at Ecolab.”

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