The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC), in an order issued on Oct. 5 with an effective date of Oct. 15, granted permission, approval and a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to Transource Missouri LLC to own, operate and maintain a switch station located in DeKalb County, Mo.
As TransmissionHub reported, Transource Missouri in July filed an application with the PSC seeking an order declining jurisdiction, or, in the alternative, granting a CCN that would authorize the company to own, operate and maintain the switch station, which would connect the Osborn Wind Energy Center with Transource Missouri’s Sibley–Nebraska City 345-kV electric transmission line project.
PSC staff, in its memorandum recommendation, said that the switch station is necessary to connect Transource Missouri’s portion of the Sibley–Nebraska City 345-kV electric transmission line, currently under construction, from GMO’s Sibley generating station in Jackson County, to the new Mullin Creek substation in Nodaway County, and then from the Mullin Creek substation to the Missouri River crossing in Holt County, interconnecting with Osborn Wind Energy Center LLC’s 200.1-MW wind project in DeKalb County.
Staff said, for instance, that it recommends to the PSC that as a condition of granting Transource Missouri a CCN in the proceeding, Transource Missouri should file on an annual basis its current “FERC Financial Report FERC FORM No. 1 Annual Report of Major Electric Utilities” with the PSC at the same time that it makes its annual filing with FERC.
In its Sept. 22 response to staff’s filing, Transource Missouri said that as staff recommends approval of the CCN with conditions acceptable to the company, Transource Missouri will not respond to staff’s filing.
As noted in the PSC’s order issued on Oct. 5, Transource Missouri agreed to provide the documentation requested by staff.
The PSC said that it “finds that the requested CCN meets the five criteria for granting a CCN and is necessary and convenient for the public service. Therefore, the commission will grant the requested CCN, subject to compliance with staff’s recommendations.”
The five criteria include that there must be a need for the service; the applicant must have the financial ability to provide the service; and the service must promote the public interest, the PSC said.
Among other things, the PSC said that Transource Missouri is to provide staff with final engineering deliverables, including design packages, procurement delivery schedules, and construction contract bid technical specifications as soon as they are available.
Transource Missouri is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transource Energy, which has two members including AEP Transmission Holding Company, which owns 86.5% of Transource and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP). The other member is GPE Transmission Holding Company, which owns 13.5% of Transource and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Plains Energy (GPE), which is the parent corporation of Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (GMO).