Terrapin’s 29-MW wind project in Michigan due in-service around Sept. 1

Terrapin Energy LLC, which is developing a wind farm in Michigan, on July 5 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accept for filing its market-based rate tariff and otherwise grant it the authority to sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Terrapin Energy is constructing a 29.4-MW (nameplate capacity) wind facility located in Huron County, Michigan. The project, called the Big Turtle II Wind Farm, is a qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, as amended.

The wind project will interconnect to transmission facilities owned by International Transmission Co. and operated by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). None of the facility’s capacity is subject to long-term agreement, and the company intends to sell the entire net electric output of the facility at wholesale into the MISO market. The project has an expected in-service date of Sept. 1, 2016.

Terrapin Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of GFS US Holding LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of GFS Holding Inc.

Terrapin Energy will own 60% of the membership interests in Big Turtle Interconnection LLC (BTI), an entity being established to hold and manage the existing transmission interconnection facilities that will be shared between this new facility and the adjacent 20-MW Big Turtle Wind Farm.

Big Turtle Wind Farm LLC (BTWF), owner of the existing and operational Big Turtle Wind Farm, will own the remaining 40% of the membership interests in BTI. Terrapin Energy and BTWF are not affiliates. BTWF is in the process of securing ITC and MISO consents to assign its Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) to BTI. The GIA has an interconnection service limit of 50 MW, only 20 MW of which is used by the existing Big Turtle Wind Farm. The Terrapin Energy facility will use the remaining 30 MW of interconnection service.

A project contact is: Alisha Cieslak, Manager, Terrapin Energy LLC, 1300 Gezon Parkway SW, Wyoming, MI 49509, Phone: (616) 717-4872, alisha.cieslak@gfs.com.

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