400-MW Grande Prairie Wind project in Nebraska due for startup this fall

Grande Prairie Wind LLC, which has a 400-MW wind project in Nebraska that is due for initial operation in September, on March 22 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorize it to sell energy, capacity and certain ancillary services at market-based rates.

Grande Prairie Wind is developing and constructing a 400-MW facility in Holt County, Nebraska, that 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 the Southwest Power Pool. Grande Prairie Wind is expected to begin testing the facility in late September 2016 and enter into commercial operation during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Grande Prairie Wind is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of BHE Wind LLC. BHE Wind 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 owns subsidiaries principally engaged in energy businesses in the United States and abroad. BHE is a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Grande Prairie Wind has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for the firm sale of all 400 MW of capacity to the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) from initial energization for a term ending 20 years after the firm transmission date for the facility, as declared by OPPD, which will occur on or after the commercial operation date of the Facility.

In addition to Grande Prairie Wind, a BHE subsidiary also has an interest in one other wind energy project in the SPP BAA, Marshall Wind Energy LLC. Marshall Wind is currently developing and constructing a 72-MW wind project in Marshall County, Kansas. Marshall Wind is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Westar Energy and under the operational control of the SPP. Marshall Wind has executed a Generator Interconnection Agreement with SPP and Westar. Marshall Wind is expected to enter into commercial operation in the second quarter of 2016. Marshall Wind has entered into a long-term PPA for the firm sale of capacity for a period of 20 years from the commercial operation date with four separate off-takers:

  • 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;
  • for 20 MW of capacity to the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission; and
  • for 7 MW of capacity to the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency.

In addition to Marshall Wind, BHE Renewables also owns a passive tax equity investment interest in Kingfisher Wind LLC, which 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 and under the operational control of SPP. BHE Renewables’ interest in Kingfisher Wind is solely a wholly passive tax equity ownership interest.

A project contact is: Robert D. Garman, Assistant General Counsel, BHE Renewables LLC, 666 Grand Avenue, Suite 500, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, (515) 281-2354, rgarman@BHErenewables.com.

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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.