California PUC reviews Southern California Ed deal for 137-MW Blythe Solar III project

Up for review at the June 23 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission is Southern California Edison’s request for approval of a renewables portfolio standard-eligible power purchase agreement with Blythe III Solar LLC

SCE filed Advice Letters on Jan. 13, 2015, and April 7, 2016, requesting PUC review and approval of a 20-year renewable energy PPA with Blythe III. The Blythe III PPA was executed through SCE’s 2014 RPS solicitation (2014 RPS RFO). The Blythe III facility will be located in Blythe, California, and is planned to have a capacity of approximately 137 MW. It will interconnect within the California Independent System Operator (CAISO)-controlled grid at SCE’s Colorado River Substation 220-kV bus.

Blythe III is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, a unit of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) that will develop the proposed facility. SCE is to begin purchasing the generation from Blythe III beginning June 1, 2020. The expected annual generation to be purchased from the facility is 366 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.

NextEra has ownership interests in over 2,000 MW of operating wind and solar project in California and has approximately 500 MW of solar PV projects under construction, which are expected to begin commercial operation in 2016 and deliver to the CAISO market.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.