EDF to bring three wind farms into operation in Q4 2015 in SPP region

The three projects in New Mexico and Kansas total about 450 MW

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EDF Trading North America LLC, EDF Energy Services LLC and EDF Industrial Power Services (CA) LLC filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 13 a notice of change in status and tariff amendments to reflect a change from the facts relied upon by the commission in granting them their market-based rate authorizations. 

The companies informed the commission of their affiliation with certain entities that will own and operate wind generation facilities located in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) balancing authority area (BAA). These entities are indirectly owned by their affiliate, EDF Renewable Energy (EDF-RE). The facilities are under construction and are all expected to produce test power in the fourth quarter of 2015.

  • Roosevelt Wind Project LLC, which is indirectly wholly-owned by EDF-RE, is developing and will own and operate an approximately 250 MW (nameplate) wind facility and related generation interconnection facilities that are under construction in Roosevelt County, New Mexico. The Roosevelt Facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Southwestern Public Service (SPS) and operated by the SPP. Roosevelt has received market-based rate authorization from the commission and is an Exempt Wholesale Generator (EWG). The Roosevelt Facility’s output will be sold under a long-term contract to SPS. 
  • Milo Wind Project LLC is indirectly wholly-owned by EDF-RE and is developing and will own and operate a 49.65 MW (nameplate) wind facility and related generation interconnection facilities that are under construction in Roosevelt County, New Mexico. The Milo Facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by SPS and operated by the SPP. Milo has received market-based rate authorization from the commission and is an EWG. The Milo Facility’s output will be sold into the SPS wholesale market.
  • Slate Creek Wind Project LLC was created to develop, construct, own and operate an approximately 150 MW (nameplate) wind facility that is under construction in Sumner County, Kansas. When complete, the Slate Creek facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Westar Energy and operated by SPP, with the output sold under a long-term contract to Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L). Slate Creek was granted authority to sell at market-based rates and is an EWG.

In addition to Roosevelt, Milo and Slate Creek in the SPP BAA, EDF-RE indirectly holds an ownership interest in and operates two other wind generation companies with market-based rate authority:

  • Spearville 3 LLC owns and operates a 100.8 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Ford County, Kansas, along with the facilities necessary to interconnect with the transmission system owned by KCP&L and operated by SPP. Spearville 3 was granted authority to sell at market-based rates and its entire output is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to KCP&L.
  • Spinning Spur Wind LLC owns and operates a 161 MW (nameplate) wind facility located in Oldham County, Texas. The Spinning Spur generation facility is interconnected with the SPS-owned transmission system, which is operated by SPP. Spinning Spur was granted authority to sell at market-based rates and its entire output is sold under a long-term power purchase agreement to SPS.

Once the Roosevelt, Milo, and Slate Creek facilities are operational, Roosevelt, Milo and their affiliates will own or control approximately 712 MW of generation in the SPP BAA.

Barry Cassell
About the Author

Barry Cassell

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 26 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.

Barry can be reached at barryc@pennwell.com.

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