NextEra has several wind, solar projects in SPP region nearing startups

Two affiliates of NextEra Energy ResourcesBrady Wind LLC and Brady Wind II LLC – with nearly-completed wind projects in North Dakota applied July 13 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff for each.

Brady Wind will control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 149.7 MW located in Stark County, North Dakota, within the Southwest Power Pool balancing authority area. The facility may start producing test energy as early as Oct. 25, 2016.

Brady Wind has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Basin Electric Power Cooperative for 100% of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy. The PPA has a 30-year term from the time of commercial operations under the PPA, which are expected to begin in November 2016. 

Brady Wind II will control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of about 149 MW located in Hettinger and Stark counties, North Dakota, within the SPP BAA. The facility may start producing test energy as early as Nov. 15, 2016.

Brady Wind II has also entered into a long-term PPA with Basin Electric Power Cooperative for 100% of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy. The PPA has a 30-year term from the time of commercial operations under the PPA, which are expected to begin in December 2016.

NextEra Energy Resources is a unit of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE). Here is a brief description, offered in the July 13 applications, of the other NextEra Energy Resources companies with in-development projects in the SPP market:

  • Chaves County Solar LLC will own and operate a 70-MW photovoltaic facility located in Chaves County, New Mexico. Chaves Solar’s authorization to sell energy and capacity at market-based rates is pending before the commission. All of Chaves Solar’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 25-year contract with Southwestern Public Service Co., with an initial term ending in 2041.
  • Kingman Wind Energy I LLC will own and operate a 103.3 MW wind facility located in Kingman County, Kansas. Kingman I’s application to sell power at market-based rates will be submitted to the commission shortly. All of Kingman I’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 20-year contract with Westar Energy, with an initial term ending in 2036.
  • Kingman Wind Energy II LLC will own and operate a 103.3 MW wind facility in Kingman County, Kansas. Kingman II’s application to sell power at market-based rates will be submitted to the commission shortly. All of Kingman II’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 20-year contract with Westar Energy, with an initial term ending in 2036.
  • Ninnescah Wind Energy LLC will own and operate a 208.3 MW wind facility located in Pratt County, Kansas. Ninnescah Wind’s application to sell power at market-based rates will be submitted to the commission shortly. All of Ninnescah Wind’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 20-year contract with Westar Energy, with an initial term ending in 2036.
  • Osborn Wind Energy LLC will own and operate a 200.9 MW wind facility located in DeKalb County, Missouri. Osborn Wind’s application to sell power at market-based rates will be submitted to the commission shortly. Osborn Wind’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through separate 20-year contracts with 50% sold to Kansas City Power and Light and 50% sold to Kansas City Power and Light Co. Greater Missouri Operations, each contract with an initial term ending in 2036.
  • Rush Springs Wind Energy LLC will own and operate a 249.9 MW wind facility in Grady and Stephens counties, Oklahoma. Rush Springs’ application to sell power at market-based rates will be filed with the commission shortly. Rush Spring’s power is to be sold on a firm basis into the SPP market, with contract-for-differences with Owens Corning and Equinix, each with a 15-year contract with an initial term ending in 2031.
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