Xcel terminates engineering deal for Texas wind project

Xcel Energy Services, on behalf of fellow Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) subsidiary Southwestern Public Service (SPS), on Oct. 5 submitted for filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the proposed cancellation of an Engineering and Procurement Agreement between SPS and Orion Wind Resources LLC.

Orion Wind Resources LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orion Wind Power Resources LLC. On May 19, 2015, SPS entered into this agreement with Orion. The agreement authorized SPS to provide for engineering, design, and procurement of materials necessary for SPS to add one 115-kV breaker in order to accommodate Orion’s proposed interconnection of a 320-MW wind facility. The agreement was filed with the commission on May 21, 2015.

This project would interconnect into the SPS 115-kV transmission system at the Castro County substation in Castro County, Texas.

Following the execution of the agreement, Orion formed Bethel Wind Farm LLC. Orion designated Bethel as the responsible party to execute the Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) related to the agreement. On Sept. 23, 2015, SPS, Bethel Wind and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) entered into the GIA. The GIA became effective on Sept. 23, 2015. The GIA was executed and all other obligations of the agreement were fulfilled as of Sept. 23, 2015. Accordingly, the engineering agreement is no longer necessary.

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