Desert Wind Farm LLC applied July 26 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its market-based rate tariff effective Sept. 24, which is 60 days from the date of this filing.
The company is developing an approximately 208 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, North Carolina, within the PJM Interconnection balancing authority area in the Northeast Region. The facility will consist of 104 Gamesa G114 2-MW turbines. It will be interconnected with transmission facilities owned and controlled by Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion North Carolina Power.
Desert Wind Farm said it will file with the commission a self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 before the facility begins sales of test energy and commences commercial operations, which is expected to be in the fourth quarter of 2016. The company is committed to sell the full output of the facility under a long-term power purchase agreement with Vadata Inc. expiring in 2029.
The development company is a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables LLC. Avangrid Renewables is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables Holdings Inc., which, in turn, is a direct, wholly-owned subsidiary of AVANGRID Inc. (f/k/a Iberdrola USA Inc.) AVANGRID is a public utility holding company organized under the law of New York whose shares are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “AGR.”