200-MW Cimarron Bend Wind Project I to go commercial in December 2016

Cimarron Bend Wind Project I LLC on Sept. 23 requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issue an order that accepts its market-based rate schedule and FERC Electric Tariff, under which the company will sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

The company owns a wind project with a nameplate rating of 200 MW currently under development and located in Clark County, Kansas. The project will be interconnected with the transmission system owned by ITC Great Plains within the Southwest Power Pool balancing authority area (BAA). Applicant expects the project to begin testing in late fall 2016 and to enter commercial operation in late December 2016.

Applicant has filed with the commission a notice of its status as an exempt wholesale generator. It is committed to sell the full output of the project under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Google Energy LLC.

Applicant will directly own no transmission facilities, as the project will interconnect with the SPP-controlled grid using interconnection facilities that are partially owned by applicant’s subsidiary, Cimarron Bend Assets LLC. Cimarron Bend Assets, proposes to deliver the project’s output to the integrated transmission system pursuant to a Shared Facilities Agreement between the applicant, Cimarron Bend Wind Project II LLC, Cimarron Bend Wind Project III LLC and Enel Kansas LLC.

The sole member of the applicant is Cimarron Bend Wind Holdings I LLC (CB WH1, which is wholly owned by Enel Kansas LLC. Enel Kansas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enel Green North America Inc., which in turn is wholly owned by Enel Green Power International BV, a company organized under the laws of the Netherlands.

Applicant is affiliated with eleven market-based rate sellers located in the SPP region, including Lindahl Wind Project LLC and Drift Sand Wind Project LLC.

  • Lindahl owns a wind project with a nameplate capacity of 150 MW located in Williams County, North Dakota. The Lindahl Project is located within the Western Area Power Administration service territory within SPP. Lindahl’s sole business is developing, owning and operating the Lindahl Project, and Lindahl’s market-based rate tariff is pending before the commission, and it has obtained exempt wholesale generator status. Lindahl is committed to sell all of its capacity to Basin Electric Cooperative under a 20-year PPA.
  • Drift Sand owns a wind project with a nameplate capacity of 108.8 MW located in Grady County, Oklahoma. The Drift Sand Project is located within the AEP Oklahoma Transmission service territory within SPP. Drift Sand’s sole business is developing, owning and operating the Drift Sand Project, and Drift Sand’s market-based rate tariff is pending before the commission, and it has obtained exempt wholesale generator status. Drift Sand is committed to sell all of its capacity to Arkansas Electric Cooperative under a 20-year PPA.
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