EDF’s 225-MW Great Western Wind project due in-service in October 2016

Great Western Wind Energy LLC, which is building a 225-MW project in Oklahoma, on Aug. 2 petitioned 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.

Great Western is indirectly wholly-owned by EDF Renewable Energy Inc. (EDF-RE). Great Western is developing and will own and operate a 225-MW (nameplate) wind facility and related generation interconnection facilities to be located in Ellis and Woodard counties, Oklahoma. The facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Southwestern Public Service (SPS) and operated by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

All the electric energy and capacity from the facility will be sold under a long-term power purchase agreement with an initial term of 15 years. Great Western has filed a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator. The project is due to be in-service in October of this year.

EDF-RE is a holding company that is wholly-owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles S.A., a French société anonyme, a company organized under the laws of France, which in turn is wholly-owned by Électricité de France S.A.

In addition to Great Western in the SPP BAA, EDF-RE indirectly wholly-owns or controls five other generation facilities.

  • Spearville 3 LLC owns and operates a 100.8 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Ford County, Kansas, along with the facilities necessary to interconnect with the transmission system owned by Kansas City Power & Light (KCPL) and operated by SPP. Spearville 3’s entire output is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to KCPL.
  • Spinning Spur Wind LLC owns and operates a 161 MW (nameplate) capacity wind facility located in Oldham County, Texas. The Spinning Spur generation facility is interconnected with the SPS-owned transmission system, which is operated by SPP. Spinning Spur’s entire output is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to SPS.
  • Slate Creek Wind Project LLC was created to develop, construct, own and operate an approximately 150 MW (nameplate) wind facility in Sumner County, Kansas. The Slate Creek generation facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Westar Energy and operated by SPP, with the output sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to Great Plains Energy.
  • Milo Wind Project LLC was created to develop, construct, own and operate an approximately 50 MW (nameplate) capacity windfacility in Great Western County, New Mexico. The Milo facility interconnects with the SPS-owned transmission system, which is under the functional control of SPP, and its entire output is sold into the SPP wholesale market.
  • Roosevelt Wind Project LLC owns and operates an approximately 250 MW (nameplate) wind facility and related generation interconnection facilities that is under construction in Roosevelt County, New Mexico. The Roosevelt generation facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by SPS and operated by SPP. Roosevelt’s entire output is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to SPS.
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