80-MW Pioneer Wind Project in Wyoming due for start-up in October 2016

Pioneer Wind Park I LLC applied Sept. 2 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its market-based rate schedule under which it will sell electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

The company is developing a wind facility with a nameplate capacity rating of 80 MW located in Converse County, Wyoming. The Pioneer Wind Project is located within the PacifiCorp East (PACE) balancing authority area in the Northwest region. Applicant also intends to file a notice with the commission of its status as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG) and has filed a notice of the project’s status as a qualifying small power production facility (QF).

The Pioneer Wind Project is expected to begin generating test power during October 2016 and to reach commercial operation in November or December 2016. Applicant is committed to sell the entire output from the Pioneer Wind Project under a 20-year power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp.

Pioneer Wind Park I is part of Sustainable Power Group LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of FTP Power LLC.

Through FTP, this project company is affiliated with one generation facility located in the Northwest region, and one facility located in first-tier markets to PACE.

  • In the Northwest region, it is affiliated with Latigo Wind Park LLC, which owns a wind facility with a nameplate capacity rating of approximately 62.1 MW located in San Juan County, Utah. The Latigo Project reached commercial operation in March 2016. The Latigo Project, which is located within the PACE balancing authority area, is committed to sell its entire output under a 20-year power purchase agreement with PacifiCorp, that expires on or about March 11, 2036.
  • In first-tier markets to PACE, it is affiliated with Sandstone Solar LLC, which owns a solar photovoltaic project with a nameplate capacity of approximately 45 MW (ac) located in the town of Florence, Arizona. The Sandstone Project reached commercial operation in December 2015. The Sandstone Project, which is located within the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement District (SRP) balancing authority area in the Southwest region, is committed to sell its entire output under a 21-year power purchase agreement with SRP that expires on or about Dec. 30, 2036.

A company contact is: Sean McBride General Counsel, FTP Power LLC, 2180 South 1300 East, Suite 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, Telephone: (801) 679-3500, smcbride@spower.com.

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