Terra-Gen wind farms in California seek market okay due to end of power contracts

DifWind Farms LTD VI and Terra-Gen Mojave Windfarms LLC on Oct. 7 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of their Market-Based Rate Tariffs.

Each company owns a wind facility located in Kern County, California, that operates as qualifying facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, as amended (PURPA). They currently are exempt from regulation under Federal Power Act sections 205 and 206, because the output from their facilities is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) that was executed on or before March 17, 2006.

But, they are required to seek market-based rate authorization prior to engaging in any wholesale power sales not covered by their existing PPA, which expires in December 2016. Therefore, they filed the proposed market-based rate tariffs in order to continue to make wholesale power sales from their generation facilities.

  • DifWind VI owns and operates a 25.3 MW (summer rating) wind small power production QF located in Kern County, California. The DifWind VI Facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) and operated by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). Currently, all of the output of the DifWind VI Facility is sold to SCE under the PPA, which expires on Dec. 19, 2016.
  • Terra-Gen Mojave owns and operates three wind small power production QFs with an aggregate generation capacity approximately 28.7 MW (summer rating) located in Kern County, California. The TerraGen Mojave Facilities are interconnected to the transmission system owned by SCE and operated by CAISO. Currently, the entire output of the Terra-Gen Mojave Facilities is sold to SCE under the PPA, which expires on Dec. 19, 2016.

A company contact is: Jeff Cast, Managing Director, Finance, Terra-Gen LLC, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, 25th Floor, Suite A, New York, NY 10036, Tel: (646) 829-3909, jcast@terra-gen.com.

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