FERC accepts termination of interconnect for 136-MW wind project in Oklahoma

On June 7, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted an April 13 notice from the Southwest Power Pool of the cancellation of a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Mustang Run Wind Project LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO).

Under the Mustang Run GIA, Mustang Run suspended all work by PSO associated with the construction and installation of interconnection facilities and/or network upgrades required under the Mustang Run GIA, effective Sept. 18, 2014. The GIA allows suspension for a period not to exceed 18 months or the GIA “shall be deemed terminated.” Mustang Run’s cumulative 18-month period ended March 18, 2016. Mustang Run failed to authorize PSO to recommence work required under the Mustang Run GIA by March 18. Therefore, on March 23, SPP said it notified Mustang Run in writing that it was terminating the Mustang Run GIA.

Said the June 7 FERC acceptance letter: “Notice of the filing was published in the Federal Register with interventions and protests due on or before May 4, 2016. Under 18 C.F.R. § 385.210, interventions are timely if made within the time prescribed by the Secretary. Under 18 C.F.R. § 385.214, the filing of a timely motion to intervene makes the movant party to the proceeding, if no answer in opposition is filed within fifteen days. The filing of a timely notice of intervention makes a State Commission a party to the proceeding. None was filed.”

This project was to consist of 84 General Electric 1.62-MW wind turbines for a total of 136 MW. It was to interconnect at PSO’s Shidler 138-kV substation.

The GIA, dating back to December 2013, shows project contact information for TradeWind Energy.

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