FERC accepts market authority for NextEra Blythe Solar Energy

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 6 accepted an Aug. 18 application from NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center LLC for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

Said the FERC order: “You state that Blythe Solar is a Delaware limited liability company that does not own or control generation. You further represent that Blythe Solar is a direct subsidiary of Blythe Solar 110, LLC, and Blythe Solar is affiliated with approximately 2,293 megawatts (MW) of electric generation in the CAISO market. You state that Blythe Solar owns a 10 mile 220 kilovolt generation tie line used to connect its affiliates to Southern California Edison Company’s Colorado River Substation. You state that Blythe Solar and its affiliates’ interconnection facilities qualify for the blanket open access transmission tariff (OATT) waiver under Order No. 807.4 You also state that certain affiliates of Blythe Solar have an OATT on file with the Commission, and therefore, Blythe Solar and its affiliates have mitigated any transmission market power. Further, you affirmatively state that Blythe Solar and its affiliates have not erected barriers to entry and will not erect barriers to entry into the relevant market.”

NextEra Blythe Solar Energy Center is a direct subsidiary of: Blythe Solar 110 LLC, which holds a 25% ownership interest; Blythe Solar II LLC, which holds a 25% ownership interest; Blythe Solar III LLC, which holds a 25% ownership interest; and Blythe Solar IV LLC, which holds a 25% ownership interest. These are all affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is part of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

With the exception of Blythe Energy Center, each of these companies is a holding company. Applicant neither owns nor controls generation, but instead owns and provides services to its affiliates over an approximate ten-mile, 220 kV double circuit tower generation tie line, along with other related equipment, which serves to interconnect applicant’s affiliates – initially Blythe Solar 110 and Blythe II, and then over the next few years Blythe III and Blythe IV – to Southern California Edison’s (SCE) Colorado River Substation.

The facilities owned by Blythe Energy Center are located in Riverside County, California, within the California ISO balancing authority area. Blythe Energy Center is a transmission-only Exempt Wholesale Generator.

  • Blythe Solar 110 owns and operates a solar photovoltaic facility with 116.5 MW aggregate nameplate capacity located in Riverside County, California. Blythe Solar 110 has been granted authorization to sell energy and capacity at market-based rates by the commission. Its in-service date was in December 2015.
  • Blythe II owns and operate a solar photovoltaic facility with 131.2 MW aggregate nameplate capacity located in Riverside County. Blythe II has been granted authorization to sell energy and capacity at market-based rates by the commission. Its in-service date was in April.
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