Wolverine files grid deal supporting 421-MW Alpine peaker project

Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative on May 9 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the Van Tyle Transmission Station Interconnection Facilities Agreement, which will aid in the interconnection to the grid of Wolverine’s gas-fired Alpine peaker project in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

The TFA is with Michigan Electric Transmission Co. LLC. Said Wolverine: “The Van Tyle IFA is a wires-to-wires interconnection agreement that establishes certain ownership, operation, and maintenance responsibilities of Wolverine and METC. In connection with the development of Wolverine’s Alpine Power Plant (‘Alpine’), METC had Wolverine pay for, design and construct certain 138 kV transmission facilities and associated appurtenances required to establish the 138 kV Van Tyle Transmission Station (‘Van Tyle Station’) near Hayes Township, Otsego County, Michigan.

“Wolverine will transfer ownership and control over the Van Tyle Station to METC prior to energization of the newly constructed transmission facilities, and intends to interconnect Wolverine’s 138 kV Gaylord-Advance line to the Van Tyle Station.”

Wolverine asked the commission grant waiver of notice requirements to permit the Van Tyle IFA to become effective on May 5, 2016, the day the transfer of the facilities described in the Van Tyle IFA was consummated. Such waiver will allow for the O&M of and financial responsibility for the Interconnection Facilities to coincide with the ownership of such facilities. “Good cause exists to grant such a request, as it allows service under the Van Tyle IFA to commence expeditiously, which will facilitate the timely interconnection of Alpine to the transmission system,” Wolverine wrote.

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator on Feb. 16 filed with FERC a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Wolverine and METC for this 420.7-MW, gas-fired peaking project. MISO has designated this project as Project No. J392 in its interconnection queue. The power plant site is in Otsego County, Michigan. It will interconnect at METC’s new Van Tyle 138-kV Substation. Wolverine’s substation for the project will be located approximately four miles from the Van Tyle 138-kV Substation.

The maximum net electrical output of the facility will be 420.7 MW as measured at the Points of Interconnection. It will consist of two General Electric Frame 7F.05 gas turbine generators. There will be two 18/138 kV 267 MVA transformers with two 138 kV circuit breakers, one on the high side of each transformer.

Wolverine’s website for this project is at: http://alpinecleanenergy.com/.

The targeted power plant commercial operation date under the GIA is June 1, 2016.

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