200-MW Frontier Windpower project in Oklahoma to go commercial in December

Frontier Windpower LLC filed Nov. 4 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its revised market-based rate tariff under which it will sell energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Frontier is an indirect subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK). It submitted a notice of self-certification as an Exempt Wholesale Generator and its status as an EWG became effective on April 4, 2016.

Frontier’s facility is a 200-MW (nominal) wind project located in Kay County, Oklahoma, which will be interconnected to the transmission system of Oklahoma Gas & Electric in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) region. The facility will consist of an array of fifty-six Vestas V126 3.3-MW wind turbine generators and five Vestas V126 3-MW wind turbines.

Frontier has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, that provides for Springfield to purchase the full output of the facility for a term of 22 years beginning with commercial operations. Prior to the commercial operations date under the PPA, which is projected to be in late December of this year, Frontier will sell test energy to Springfield.

Frontier noted that two wind-generating affiliates are located in the SPP region, and an affiliate, Caprock Solar 1 LLC, is developing a 25-MW solar facility in the SPP region that is expected to begin commercial operations in early November 2016.

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