NextEra pursues interconnect at PJM for 175-MW wind project in Indiana

NextEra Energy Resources LLC proposes to connect project #AA2-148, a 175-MW (22.75 capacity) wind facility to the American Electric Power (AEP) transmission system at the in-line switching station proposed to be built as an attachment facility for PJM queue positions W4-004 and W4-008.

The new switching station is located between the Madison and Tanners Creek 138 kV substations in Indiana, said a September 2016 study on the project from PJM Interconnection. The location of the proposed wind facility is in Henry County, Indiana. The requested in-service date is Dec. 31, 2017.

The objective of this System Impact Study is to determine budgetary cost estimates and approximate construction timelines for identified transmission facilities required to connect the project to the AEP system.

The proposed in-line switching station identified as an attachment facility for PJM projecs W4-004 and W4-008 will be expanded to accommodate the interconnection of PJM project AA2-148. Two additional 138 kV circuit breakers will be required. The expanded switching station will be physically arranged for ultimate expansion to a breaker and one half bus arrangement initially operated as a ring bus. The expanded station also includes the addition of the required 138 kV metering, SCADA, disconnect switches and other associated equipment.

The study said this will facility will consist of 98 General Electric 1.79-MW wind turbines.

Notable is that American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) utility subsidiary Appalachian Power said June 2 that it has agreed to purchase 120 MW of new wind generation from a NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) project located in Indiana. The renewable energy will be purchased from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC. The energy will come from its planned Bluff Point Wind Energy Center to be constructed in Jay and Randolph counties, Indiana. NextEra will own and operate the wind project.

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