Spartan files for rate authority from FERC for Michigan solar project

Spartan Renewable Energy Inc. on July 26 petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its FERC Electric Tariff, Original Volume No. 1, waiver of certain commission regulations under the Federal Power Act and certain blanket approvals.

Spartan is a renewable developer and an alternative electric supplier licensed in Michigan. Spartan will own and operate a 1.5-MW solar facility expected to begin commercial operation on or around Jan. 1, 2017. If granted Market-Based Rate Authority, Spartan will make wholesale sales of the electrical output from the solar facility at market-based rates.

Spartan is one of seven member-owners of Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative Inc. Wolverine is a Michigan-based, not-for-profit generation and transmission electric cooperative that provides wholesale service to Spartan, Wolverine Power Marketing Cooperative Inc. (also an alternative electric supplier licensed in Michigan), and five traditional cooperative member-owners: Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Great Lakes Energy Cooperative, HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Midwest Energy Cooperative and Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op. Spartan and the other member-owners are Wolverine’s customers and owners.

Wolverine wholly owns eight electric generating facilities and shares ownership interests in two other electric generating facilities, that when combined have a total capacity of approximately 1,066 MW (summer rating). In addition, Wolverine is or will be entitled to purchase approximately 1,002 MW pursuant to long-term firm power purchase agreements.

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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.