NextEra files shared facilities deal for two 149-MW wind projects in North Dakota

Brady Interconnection LLC on Aug. 25 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Shared Facilities Agreement between Brady Interconnection, Brady Wind LLC and Brady Wind II LLC.

Brady Interconnection is directly owned by Brady Wind, which holds a 50% ownership interest, and Brady Wind II, which holds the remaining 50% ownership interest. Brady Wind and Brady Wind II are each developing wind facilities of approximately 149 MW, the entire output of which will be sold under separate long-term power purchase agreements with a non-affiliate.

Brady Wind and Brady Wind II each have an application for market-based rates pending in front of the commission. They are part of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

Brady Interconnection will own an approximately 19-mile, 230 kV generation tie line, and certain equipment in a collection substation serving the Brady I and Brady II projects in Stark County, North Dakota. The facilities owned by Brady Interconnection will serve to interconnect the two projects at the point of interconnection at the Daglum Substation owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Brady Wind and Brady Wind II each are or will be parties to their own generator interconnection agreements.

Brady Wind LLC and Brady Wind II LLC applied July 13 at FERC for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under market-based rate tariffs.

  • Brady Wind will control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 149.7 MW located in Stark County, North Dakota, within the Southwest Power Pool balancing authority area. The facility may start producing test energy as early as Oct. 25, 2016. Brady Wind has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (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, within the SPP BAA. 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 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 December 2016.
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