Southwest Power Pool terminates interconnect for Cottonwood Wind Project

The Southwest Power Pool on May 4 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of cancellation of a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Cottonwood Wind Project LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Nebraska Public Power District.

In September 2014, SPP filed the Cottonwood GIA at the commission with SPP as Transmission Provider, Cottonwood II Wind Project LLC as Interconnection Customer, and NPPD as Transmission Owner. In September 2014, Cottonwood II assigned the Cottonwood GIA to Cottonwood. On Nov. 4, 2014, the commission accepted the Cottonwood GIA.

By a letter dated Oct. 13, 2014, Cottonwood provided written notice to suspend all work by NPPD associated with the construction and installation of interconnection facilities and/or network upgrades required under the Cottonwood GIA. Cottonwood’s 18-month suspension period ended April 13, 2016. But, SPP said that Cottonwood failed to authorize NPPD to recommence work required under the Cottonwood GIA by April 13, 2016. Therefore, on April 20, 2016, SPP notified Cottonwood in writing that SPP was terminating the Cottonwood GIA effective April 13, 2016.

This project was to consist of fifteen General Electric 1.7-MW wind turbine generators, for a total of 25.5 MW. The commercial operation target date was Dec. 30, 2015.

A project contact from the 2014 GIA was: Tom Whitaker Director of Project Engineering, Cottonwood II Wind Project LLC c/o Infinity Wind Power, 3760 State St., Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Phone 805-569-6183, twhitaker@infinitywind.com.

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