Missouri PSC okays interconnect for 300-MW Rock Creek Wind project

On April 6, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a Jan. 19 application from Transource Missouri LLC for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) related to a 300-MW wind project.

Transource Missouri is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transource Energy LLC. Transource Missouri is a transmission-owning entity whose rates are regulated by FERC.

Transource Missouri’s CCN authorizes it to own, operate, and maintain a 345-kV Interconnection Switch Station in Holt County, Missouri, that will connect the Rock Creek Wind Project with Transource Missouri’s Sibley-Nebraska City 345-kV transmission line project that is currently under construction. The anticipated in-service date for Transource Missouri’s portion of the Sibley-Nebraska City project is Dec. 31, 2016.

Rock Creek Wind agreed to construct and pay for the Switch Station at issue in this application that will connect its wind project in Atchison County, Missouri, with the Sibley-Nebraska City project. After completion, the Switch Station will be given to Transource Missouri, which will then own, operate, and maintain the Switch Station and its related facilities. 

Transource, along with the Southwest Power Pool, has entered into a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Rock Creek Wind Project LLC. The GIA calls for the project switch station to be completed by Oct. 31 of this year, so it can be energized upon completion of the Sibley-Nebraska City line around Dec. 31. Rock Creek Wind wants its project in commercial operation around the end of this year.

The GIA, which was attached to the application, shows that the Rock Creek project would be made up of 150 of the Vestas V110 model wind turbine with a capacity of 2 MW for each turbine.

A wind project contact listed in the GIA is: Lisa Szot, Head of Transmission and Interconnection, 858-731-5010, lisa.szot@enel.com. That is contact information for Enel out of Italy, which develops projects in the U.S. under Enel Green Power.

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