60-MW Peak View Wind project in Colorado may spin into action in Q3 2016

The Peak View Wind Energy LLC affiliate of Invenergy LLC applied April 14 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based wholesale sales of energy, capacity, and ancillary services pursuant to the market-based rate tariff.

Peak View is developing and plans to construct, own and operate an up to 60 MW (nameplate) wind generation project that will be located in Huerfano/Las Animas counties, Colorado. Peak View will sell electric energy, capacity and/or ancillary services from the Peak View Project at wholesale. The Peak View Project is estimated to possibly begin generating test power in the third quarter of 2016.

Peak View is also filing with the commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 and the commission’s promulgating regulations.

Through interconnection facilities in which Peak View will own interests, the Peak View Project will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Co. LP (BH Colorado). The electric interconnection facilities that Peak View plans to own will consist of 34.5 kV collection lines and related facilities, an approximately 9.2 mile 115 kV generator-lead line, a project substation and related facilities..

The Peak View Project will be located in the balancing authority area of the Public Service Co. of Colorado because it will be interconnected to transmission facilities owned by BH Colorado that are located in the PSCo BAA.

Invenergy Investment Co. LLC indirectly owns the controlling interests in the applicant. It is affiliated with Invenergy Wind LLC and Invenergy LLC.

The filing noted that Invenergy Investment indirectly owns the controlling interests in a company that does not yet own or control operating generation or transmission facilities and does not have any tariffs or rate schedules that have been accepted for filing by the commission under Section 205 of the Federal Power Act, however, as of the date of this application, has a market-based rate application pending before the commission.

That company, Bethel Wind Farm LLC, is developing and plans to construct, own and operate an approximately 276 MW (nameplate) wind project that will be located in Castro County, Texas. Bethel will sell electric energy, capacity and/or ancillary services from the Bethel Project at wholesale. Through interconnection facilities in which Bethel plans to own interests, the Bethel Project will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by Southwestern Public Service (SPS).

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