Southern California Ed terminating power purchase deal with hydro facility

Southern California Edison on June 3 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Generator Interconnection Agreement with the Desert Water Agency, which is needed because the utility’s long-term deal to buy power from a hydro facility is being terminated.

The Desert Water Agency co-owns, with Coachella Valley Water District, a 1.1 MW (net) hydroelectric facility named the Whitewater Project, located in Whitewater, California. The project is an existing generation resource interconnected to Southern California Edison’s system at a tap on the Townhall 33 kV line.

The Desert Water Agency has been selling the capacity and energy produced by the project entirely to Southern California Edison under a power purchase agreement subject to the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission dated Sept. 28, 1984. The PPA includes an interconnection facilities agreement. The parties have agreed to terminate the PPA, including the existing interconnection agreement, effective at midnight on May 31, 2016, with the GIA needed to replace that prior agreement.

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