FERC okays market authority for 198-MW Bluestem Wind project in Oklahoma

The Federal Energy Regulation Commission on Sept. 15 accepted an Aug. 2 filing by Bluestem Wind Energy LLC, which is building a 198-MW project in Oklahoma, of its market-based rate tariff.

Bluestem Wind is developing and will own and operate an approximately 198 MW (summer) wind facility located in Beaver County, Oklahoma. It will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) and operated by the Southwest Power Pool( SPP).

The application said the sale of test power from the facility could begin as early as Oct. 10 of this year, with commercial operation expected to occur in December 2016. All of the output of the facility is committed to Google Energy LLC under a long-term contract with a term of 15 years from the commercial operation date.

Applicant is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Wind LLC, which is part of Exelon Generation Co. LLC, which is under Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC).

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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.