Grande Prairie Wind LLC, which is building a 400-MW project, on April 4 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.
Grande Prairie Wind is constructing its 400-MW wind facility, located in Holt County, Nebraska. The facility 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 to enter into commercial operation during the fourth quarter of 2016.
Grande Prairie Wind has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the firm sale of all 400 MW to the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) from initial energization for a term of 20 years. Grande Prairie Wind has filed an application with the commission for authorization to sell energy, capacity and certain ancillary services at market-based rates.
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, which 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.