FERC okays market authority for 101-MW wind farm in Ohio

Paulding Wind Farm III LLC was granted on July 7 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an approval on its May 17 petition for acceptance of its Market-Based Rate Tariff.

The company will own and operate an approximately 100.8-MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Paulding County, Ohio. It is anticipated that the facility will achieve commercial operation in November 2016. Paulding Wind Farm III shares ownership of certain common facilities necessary for the development, construction, and operation of the facility, including interconnection facilities, with Paulding Wind Farm IV LLC, an affiliate.

The facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by AEP Ohio Transmission Co. and operated by PJM Interconnection. Paulding Wind Farm III intends to operate as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG) under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005 (PUHCA). The entire output of the facility will be sold exclusively at wholesale to third parties, including under a long-term agreement for the entire energy output and environmental attributes of the facility with Vadata Inc., an affiliate of Amazon.com Inc., that will be in effect for 12 years from the commercial operation date of the facility.

Paulding Wind Farm III is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPRNA). EDPRNA develops, owns, and operates, on behalf of or through wholly or partially-owned subsidiaries or affiliates, renewable electric generation facilities throughout the United States.

An affiliate of Paulding Wind Farm III is Paulding Wind Farm II LLC, an EWG that owns and operates a 99-MW (nameplate) wind facility in Paulding County, Ohio. The entire output of the Paulding II facility is sold to Ohio Power under a long-term power purchase agreement in effect through December 31, 2032.

In addition, an affiliate of EDPRNA, Jericho Rise Wind Farm LLC, is constructing and will own and operate a 77.7-MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Franklin County, New York. Jericho Rise anticipates that its facility will achieve commercial operation on or about November 2016. Jericho Rise intends to operate as an EWG with market-based rate authorization. The entire output of the Jericho Rise facility will be sold exclusively at wholesale to third parties.

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