EWG notice filed on 149-MW Rocksprings Val Verde wind project in Texas

Rocksprings Val Verde Wind LLC on Nov. 10 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-recertification as an Exempt Wholesale Generator.

The eligible facility, a wind farm with a capacity of approximately 149 MW located in Val Verde County, Texas, will be interconnected at wholesale to the transmission system of AEP Texas Central Co. within the ERCOT balancing authority area, and the electrical output of the eligible facility will be sold, exclusively at wholesale, exclusively within ERCOT, the notice said.

The applicant is a special-purpose entity that is exclusively engaged in the ownership of the eligible facility described in this notice, the sale of electricity at wholesale from that eligible facility, and the incidental activities (as described in this notice) to the extent permitted of an EWG.

Notable is that American Electric Power Service Corp., on behalf of affiliate AEP Texas Central, on Feb. 22 filed with FERC a fully executed First Amended and Restated ERCOT Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement with Rocksprings Val Verde Wind LLC. The amended agreement provides for the electrical interconnection of a planned 149.34-MW wind facility. Rocksprings Val Verde’s Fermi Substation will be located in Val Verde County approximately 30 miles north of Del Rio, Texas.

The parties originally entered into an ERCOT interconnect deal as of Aug. 12, 2015. The parties then agreed to amend and restate the original agreement to revise the nominal plant capacity and the number of generating units. This current version of the project involves a nominal 149.34-MW capacity comprised of 53 units at 2.3 MW each and 16 units at 1.715 MW each. These will be General Electric wind turbines. The version of the project from last year’s SGIA had 180 MW of capacity composed of 90 GE turbines at 2 MW apiece.

SunEdison on Sept. 1 told its bankruptcy court that it is selling this project to Akuo Energy USA Inc.

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