Backbone Mountain plans 20-MW battery project at W.Va. wind farm

Backbone Mountain Windpower LLC has proposed a battery storage facility located at the company’s existing wind generation site, located approximately 2.5 miles west of the William substation in Tucker County, West Virginia.

The installed facilities will have a total generating capability of 20 MW, of which 0 MW will be recognized by PJM as a capacity resource, said a study on the project from PJM Interconnection dated April 2016. The new, combined maximum facility output of the battery (under queue #AA2-103) and the existing wind farm facilities (#K19) will be 86 MW.

The proposed in-service date for this battery project is Dec. 30, 2016. This study does not imply a Monongahela Power commitment to this in-service date.

For the AA2-103 project, the connection from the Mon Power transmission system to Backbone Mountain’s facilities will be provided by connecting the battery to the existing Point of Interconnection for the K19 project.

The intent of this Combined Feasibility/System Impact Study is to determine a plan, with approximate cost and construction time estimates, to connect the subject generation interconnection project to the PJM network at a location specified by the power project developer. The study is a mid-point in the PJM queue process.

West Virginia Secretary of State corporate records show Backbone Mountain Windpower with an office address in Florida that is the same as that for NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). The NextEra website shows that the company has the 66-MW Mountaineer Wind Energy Center, which went on-line in 2002 and is located in Tucker and Preston counties on Backbone Mountain. 

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