Southern California Ed secures power from 298-MW wind project in N.M.

Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) petition for approval of renewable energy power purchase agreement with El Cabo Wind LLC will be up for review at the May 26 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission.

A resolution from commission staff recommends approval of the agreement, saying it complies with the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) procurement guidelines.

This is a 20-year renewable energy PPA with El Cabo. The El Cabo PPA was executed through SCE’s 2014 RPS solicitation (2014 RPS RFO). The El Cabo Wind facility will be located in Torrance County, New Mexico, and is planned to have a capacity of approximately 298 MW. It will interconnect to Public Service Co. of New Mexico’s to-be-built Clines Corner Substation on PNM’s existing 345 kV BA-Blackwater line via a new switching station and 30 mile 345 kV gen-tie line from the site.

El Cabo Wind is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iberdrola LLC, which will develop the proposed facility.

SCE is to begin purchasing the generation from El Cabo beginning Dec. 1, 2017. The expected annual generation to be purchased from the facility is 1,245 Gigawatt-hours (GWh). This generation could count towards SCE’s RPS requirements in Compliance Period 2017-2020 and subsequent Compliance Periods through the end of the PPA.

SCE said in support of the project and this power agreement:

  • Developer Experience – The El Cabo facility is being developed by Iberdrola, which has more than $10 billion of operating assets totaling more than 6,000 MW of owned and controlled wind and solar generation in the U.S.
  • Technology and Quality of Resource – The El Cabo developer will conduct a solicitation for its turbine procurement, to select from the next generation of machines evolved from technologies proven on utility-scale generation projects.
  • Site Control and Permitting Status – The El Cabo facility will be located in Torrance County, NM. Iberdrola has secured 100% site control for the El Cabo Project. It has also received all major permits.
  • Interconnection Status – The El Cabo facility will interconnect to the PNM balancing area via a new substation and gen-tie. The El Cabo Project executed a 700 MW interconnection agreement with PNM on Nov. 30, 2015, of which the El Cabo Project is the first phase of the interconnection agreement.
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