FERC okays change in ownership for several Noble windparks

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 14 approved a Sept. 16 application related to the bankruptcy sale of interests in several wind generating facilities.

The applicants for this approval were Noble Altona Windpark LLC, Noble Bliss Windpark LLC, Noble Chateaugay Windpark LLC, Noble Clinton Windpark I LLC, Noble Ellenburg Windpark LLC, Noble Great Plains Windpark LLC and Noble Wethersfield Windpark LLC. They sought commission authorization for their upstream owner, Noble Environmental Power LLC (Noble Power), to transfer 100% of its ownership interests to Paragon Noble LLC.

Noble Power is a renewable energy holding company. The upstream ownership of Noble Power is divided into several classes of interests. The voting interests in Noble Power are owned 54% by Paragon Noble, 28% by JPMP Wind Energy (Noble) LLC, 14% by CPP Investment Board (USRE II) Inc. (USRE II), and 4% by individuals, trusts and limited liability companies (called the Management Investors).

MSD Capital LP (MSD Capital) is an investment firm that owns more than 90% of Paragon Noble. MSD Capital Management LLC is the sole general partner of MSD Capital, which was formed to manage the capital of Michael S. Dell and his family.

Each of the applicants is an exempt wholesale generator with market-based rate authority and an indirect subsidiary of Noble Power. Except for the wind energy project owned by Noble Great Plains, which is located within the Southwest Power Pool market, each of the wind energy projects owned by the applicants is located in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) market.

  • Noble Altona owns and operates a 97.5-MW generating facility in Altona, New York.
  • Noble Bliss owns and operates a 100.5-MW generating facility in Wyoming County, New York.
  • Noble Clinton owns and operates a 100.5-MW generating facility in the Town of Clinton, New York.
  • Noble Ellenburg owns and operates an 81-MW generating facility in the Town of Ellenburg, New York.
  • Noble Chateaugay owns and operates a 106.5-MW generating facility near the Town of Chateaugay, New York.
  • Noble Great Plains owns and operates the Great Plains Project, a 114-MW generating facility in Hansford County, Texas.
  • Noble Wethersfield owns and operates a 126-MW generating facility near the Town of Wethersfield, New York.

Paragon Noble currently has no energy related assets other than through its interest in Noble Power. Further, apart from the applicants, MSD Capital does not own or control any electric generation capacity within the Southwest Power Pool or New York ISO markets.

FERC noted in the Nov. 14 approval: “According to Applicants, the Proposed Transaction shall consist of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding in order to cancel the existing ownership interests in Noble Power and issue 100 percent of the new ownership interests in Noble Power to the existing majority owner and secured lender, Paragon Noble, in exchange for various beneficial modifications of the existing loan, including the reduction of a portion of the principal amount of the debt, a reduction of interest rate, and extension of maturity date. Applicants represent that because Paragon Noble is the existing majority owner of Noble Power, control of Noble Power will not change.”

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.