California PUC reviews power sales deal for 132-MW Tule Wind project

Up for review at the April 7 California Public Utilities Commission meeting is a resolution that would approve a Southern California Edison request for a renewables portfolio standard (RPS)-eligible power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tule Wind LLC.

SCE filed an advice letter in October 2015 requesting commission review and approval of this 15-year renewable energy PPA with Tule. The PPA was executed through SCE’s 2014 RPS solicitation.

The Tule Wind facility is to be located 60 miles east of the City of San Diego, California, and have a capacity of approximately 132 MW. The resolution says RPS deliveries pursuant to the Tule PPA are reasonably priced and the related costs to SCE are fully recoverable in rates over the life of the Tule PPA, subject to commission review of SCE’s administration of the PPA.

Tule Wind is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables LLC, which will develop the proposed facility. This renewable energy will be delivered to the Boulevard Substation 138 kV bus, and SCE is to begin purchasing the generation from Tule beginning Sept. 1, 2017. The expected annual generation to be purchased from the facility is 381 Gigawatt-hours (GWh). 

Iberdrola is an experienced wind developer and owner and has developed wind facilities in California and throughout the United States. In addition, Iberdrola owns and operates more than 6,000 MW of wind and solar generating facilities.

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