FERC accepts market authority for five NextEra wind projects in SPP region

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 30 accepted July applications from five affiliates of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) that each have wind projects that are nearing completion in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) region. 

The approved market-based rate tariffs provide for the sale of energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates. The project companies are Brady Wind LLC, Rush Springs Wind Energy LLC, Ninnescah Wind Energy LLC, Osborn Wind Energy LLC and Brady Wind II LLC.

The Aug. 30 FERC approval noted: “You state that Applicants will each control and operate a wind generating facility located within the SPP market. You represent that, in aggregate, Applicants will control and operate approximately 957 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity. You further state that Applicants are indirectly wholly owned by NextEra Energy, Inc. and are affiliated with several entities that own generation facilities in the SPP market.”

These projects are:

  • Osborn Wind Energy will own, control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 200.9 MW located in DeKalb County, Missouri. Applicant is party to a generator interconnection agreement with SPP and Transource Missouri LLC. This 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.
  • Rush Springs Wind Energy will control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 249.9 MW located in Grady and Stephens counties, Oklahoma. The facility may start producing test energy as early as October 2016. This 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.
  • Ninnescah Wind Energy will control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 208.3 MW located in Pratt County, Kansas. The facility may start producing test energy as early as October 2016. Applicant has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Westar Energy for 100% of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy. The PPA has a twenty-year term from the time of commercial operations under the PPA, which are expected to begin in December 2016.
  • Brady Wind will control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 149.7 MW located in Stark County, North Dakota. The facility may start producing test energy as early as Oct. 25, 2016. Brady Wind has entered into a long-term PPA with Basin Electric Power Cooperative for 100% of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy. The PPA has a 30-year term from the time of commercial operations under the PPA, which are expected to begin in November 2016. 
  • Brady Wind II will control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of about 149 MW located in Hettinger and Stark counties, North Dakota. The facility may start producing test energy as early as Nov. 15, 2016. Brady Wind II has also entered into a long-term PPA with Basin Electric for 100% of the power produced by the facility, including the test energy. The PPA has a 30-year term from the time of commercial operations, which are expected to begin in December 2016.
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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.