Southwest Power Pool files revised GIA for 178-MW CP Bloom wind project

The Southwest Power Pool on Oct. 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) with CP Bloom Wind LLC and interconnecting transmission owner ITC Great Plains LLC for a wind project in Kansas.

This First Revised CP Bloom GIA modifies and supersedes a GIA among the parties that the commission accepted in May 2015.

CP Bloom plans to construct a 178.2-MW wind facility, which will consist of 54 Vestas V117 3.3 MW wind turbine generators. The point of interconnection will be at ITC’s Clark County 345-kV substation in Clark County, Kansas. Since the first GIA was approved, the parties agreed to revise the Interconnection Facilities and Network Upgrades in Appendix A, update the milestones in Appendix B, and update the wind turbine configuration of the facility in Appendix C. The Parties also updated the contact information in Appendix F.  

The new commercial operation target date is July 1, 2017, which represents a delay from Dec. 1, 2016.

A project contact is: Dennis Desmarais, Director-Business Developmen,t CP Bloom Wind LLC, 155 Federal Street, Suite 1200, Boston, MA 02110, Phone: 971-713-3938, Mobile: 503-347-8724, ddesmarais@capitalpower.com.

Canada-based independent power producer Capital Power Corp. (TSX: CPX) said in an April 25 earnings statement covering the first quarter of this year that this Kansas wind project was about ready to kick into construction. “Capital Power continued to advance priority growth initiatives in the quarter,” said Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO of Capital Power. “We have now secured a contract for our Bloom Wind project in Kansas, and expect to begin construction in the third quarter of 2016.”

Said the Capital Power website about this project: “Capital Power will operate Bloom Wind under a 10-year ​fixed price contract with Allianz Risk Transfer (rated AA- stable by Standard & Poor’s), a subsidiary of Allianz SE, the worldwide insurance and asset management group, covering 100% of the project’s output. Under the contract, which was executed on April 21, 2016, Capital Power will swap the market revenue of the project’s generation for a fixed annual payment for a 10-year term. The agreement will secure long-term predictable revenues and mitigate generation volume uncertainty related to wind resources, allowing Bloom Wind to secure renewable energy tax equity financing and provide Capital Power the opportunity to complete its first wind development project in the growing U.S. renewables market.”

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