NextEra’s 201-MW Osborn Wind project in Missouri to operate this fall

Osborn Wind Energy LLC, which has a 200.9-MW project due for operation soon, on July 27 asked 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.

Osborn Wind will own, control and operate a wind generating facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 200.9 MW located in DeKalb County, Missouri, within the Southwest Power Pool BAA. Applicant is party to a generator interconnection agreement with SPP and Transource Missouri LLC. Applicant has submitted a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to the commission.

Applicant’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through two 20-year contracts with Kansas City Power and Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations, each contract with an initial term ending in 2036. The facility may start producing test energy as early as October or November 2016.

Applicant is part of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is a unit of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

Affiliates with in-development projects in the SPP region include:

  • Brady Wind LLC will own and operate a 149.7 MW wind facility located in Stark County, North Dakota. Brady Wind’s application to sell power at market-based rates is pending before the commission. All of Brady Wind’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 30-year contract with Basin Electric Power Cooperative, with an initial term ending in 2046.
  • Brady Wind II LLC will own and operate a 149 MW wind facility located in Hettinger and Stark counties, North Dakota. Brady Wind II’s application to sell power at market-based rates is pending before the commission. All of Brady Wind II’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 30-year contract with Basin Electric Power Cooperative, with an initial term ending in 2046.
  • 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 is pending before the commission. 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 located in Kingman County, Kansas. Kingman II’s application to sell power at market-based rates is pending before the commission. 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 is pending before the commission. 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.
  • Rush Springs Wind Energy LLC will own and operate a 249.9 MW wind facility located in Grady and Stephens counties, Oklahoma. Rush Springs’ application to sell power at market-based rates is pending before the commission. Rush Spring’s power will be sold 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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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.