Owner of gen-tie line for three Cimarron Bend wind projects files EWG notice

Cimarron Bend Assets LLC on Sept. 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator status.

This company will own a generation tie line and certain other equipment that is being developed, and that will be used, for effectuating interconnection services for three affiliated wind projects. Currently, all of applicant’s membership interests are owned by Enel Kansas LLC, however its direct upstream ownership will soon transition to the three wind power companies utilizing its eligible facilities. At the time of such transition in upstream ownership, the interests of the applicant will be owned 49% by Cimarron Bend Wind Project I LLC (CB1), 49% by Cimarron Bend Wind Project II LLC (CB2), 1% by Cimarron Bend Wind Project III LLC (CB3) and 1% by Enel Kansas LLC

CB1 and CB2 are each developing a wind generating facility of 200 MW each, and the entire output of each will be sold under separate long-term power purchase agreements with a non-affiliate. CB1 and CB2 will each obtain market-based rate authority from the commission. CB3 is under development and its commercial operation may occur at some point in the future.

CB1 is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cimarron Bend Wind Holdings I LLC, which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enel Kansas. CB2 and CB3 are each wholly owned subsidiaries of Enel Kansas. Enel Kansas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), which is turn is wholly owned by Enel Green Power International B.V., a Netherlands corporation.

The CB1 and CB2 wind farms are projected to start operations in late 2016, and each has (or will have) its own generator interconnection agreement (GIA). Applicant with own the interconnection facilities identified in the GIAs, but will not own any generating facilities. Applicant will in turn be a party to a Shared Facilities Agreement (SFA) with CB1, CB2, CB3 and Enel Kansas, which will be filed with the commission prior to service occurring. This overall contractual arrangement is intended to enable CB1, CB2 and CB3 (if applicable) to use the various interconnection facilities owned by applicant and to receive service to facilitate the delivery of the generating facilities’ output to the grid.

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