NextEra’s 250-MW Rush Spring Wind project may produce test energy this fall

Rush Springs Wind Energy LLC on July 19 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.

Rush Springs will control and operate a wind generating facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 249.9 MW located in Grady and Stephens counties, Oklahoma, within the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) balancing authority area. The facility may start producing test energy as early as October 2016.

Applicant’s power will be sold into the SPP market, with separate contracts-for-differences with Owens Corning and Equinix for 100% of the power produced by the facility. Each of the PPAs have a fifteen-year term from the time of commercial operations under the PPA, which are expected to begin in November 2016.

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

Other NextEra companies with in-development projects in the SPP market are:

  • Brady Wind LLC will own and operate a 149.7 MW wind facility located in Stark County, North Dakota. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 20-year contract for 50% to Kansas City Power and Light and 50% to KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations, each contract with an initial term ending in 2036.
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