Patua Acquisition files EWG notice for 30-MW Nevada geothermal facility

Patua Acquisition Co. LLC filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 2 a notice of self-certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator status with respect to its ownership and operation of an approximately 30-MW geothermal facility located in Churchill and Lyon counties, Nevada.

The “eligible facility” is the 30-MW Patua Geothermal Power Plant. It was originally developed, owned, and operated by applicant’s affiliate, Patua Project LLC, which self-certified as an EWG in March 2013. The attributes of the facility as described in the original notice of self-certification have not materially changed. It currently produces a maximum of 26 MW and sells all of its output to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) under a long-term wholesale power purchase agreement.

The facility includes a dedicated eight-mile, 120-kV gen-tie line that interconnects the plant to the interstate transmission system. The facility is located within the balancing authority area controlled by Sierra Pacific Power d/b/a NV Energy.

Applicant acquired substantially all of Patua Project’s real and personal property assets, including the facility, via an internal reorganization completed through a state law foreclosure sale. An application seeking prospective authorization for that transfer is pending before the commission.

Applicant is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyrq Energy Inc., which is a renewable energy company focused on developing, owning, and operating geothermal resources. Cyrq previously became the indirect owner of Patua Project. In addition, to applicant, Cyrq has several other subsidiaries that own interests in geothermal Qualifying Facilities.

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