Black Hills buys 60-MW Peak View Wind facility, drops EWG status

Filed Dec. 5 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Co. LP was a notice that there is no longer a need to maintain exempt wholesale generator (EWG) status for Peak View Wind Energy LLC.

On Nov. 4, Black Hills Colorado and Peak View consummated a transaction whereby Black Hills Colorado purchased 100% of the equity ownership interests in Peak View, and Peak View was immediately merged with and into Black Hills Colorado. Prior to the transaction, Peak View owned an approximately 60-MW wind facility in Huerfano and Las Animas counties, Colorado. As a result of the consummation of the transaction, Peak View no longer exists and Black Hills Colorado directly owns the Peak View Wind Project and other Commission-jurisdictional assets previously owned by Peak View.

Any sales at wholesale from the Peak View Wind Project are now made pursuant to Black Hills Colorado’s market-based rate schedule. Accordingly, Peak View no longer owns the Peak View Wind Project and will not be making any sales of energy, capacity, or ancillary services pursuant to its market-based rate tariff or otherwise.

FERC on Nov. 1 had approved a Sept. 26 application from Black Hills Colorado to make this buy of a project that has been in construction and about ready for operation. Peak View had been a wholly owned subsidiary of Invenergy Wind Development Colorado, which is owned by Invenergy Wind LLC.

Black Hills Colorado is a wholly owned subsidiary of Black Hills Corp.

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