Grady Wind seeks market authority for its 221-MW project in New Mexico

The Grady Facility will be located in Curry County, New Mexico

Grady Wind Energy Center LLC applied on Dec. 15 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an order granting Grady the authority to sell energy, capacity, and certain ancillary services in wholesale transactions at negotiated, market-based rates.

Grady is an indirect subsidiary of Pattern Renewables 2 LP (Pattern Renewables 2) and Pattern Renewables LP (Pattern Renewables). Grady is developing a wind facility with a capacity of 220.8 MW (nameplate). The Grady Facility will be located in Curry County, New Mexico, and will interconnect with the transmission system owned and operated by Western Interconnect LLC under a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) entered into with Tres Amigas LLC and subsequently assigned to Western Interconnect. Grady will be located in the balancing authority area (BAA) to be established by Western Interconnect.

Grady has entered into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Sacramento Municipal Utility District for the entire metered output of the Grady Facility over a twenty-five year term commencing on the commercial operation date of the Grady Facility. Grady has obtained firm transmission service reservations over the transmission systems of Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) and Arizona Public Service (APS) for transmission service for the output of the Grady Facility from the PNM Blackwater Substation to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) scheduling point with the APS transmission system.

Grady will interconnect the Grady Facility to the Western Interconnect system via a set of common facilities currently under construction that will serve as generator interconnection facilities to be jointly owned and operated with Broadview Energy KW LLC and Broadview Energy JN LLC. Broadview KW and Broadview JN are indirect, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Pattern Renewables that are currently constructing two other wind facilities in the vicinity where the Grady Facility will be constructed.

Pattern Renewables 2 and Pattern Renewables are in the business of owning wind facilities under development through their respective subsidiaries. Pattern Energy Group LP owns all of the limited partnership interests in Pattern Renewables.

Broadview KW and Broadview JN are wholly and directly owned by Pattern Development.

  • Broadview KW is currently constructing and will own and operate the Broadview KW Facility with a nameplate capacity of 142.6 MW, composed of sixty-two Siemens wind turbine generators of 2.3 MW each, located in Curry County, New Mexico. Broadview KW will be interconnected to the transmission facilities owned and operated by Western Interconnect for the delivery of electricity generated to the PNM Blackwater Substation. The entire metered output of the Broadview KW Facility is sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a long-term power purchase agreement. Broadview KW has filed with the commission an application for authorization to sell power under market-based rates.
  • Broadview JN is currently constructing and will own and operate the Broadview JN Facility with a nameplate capacity of 181.7 MW, composed of seventy-nine Siemens wind turbine generators of 2.3 MW each, located in Curry County, New Mexico, and Deaf Smith County, Texas. Broadview JN will be interconnected to the transmission facilities owned and operated by Western Interconnect for the delivery of electricity generated to the PNM Blackwater Substation. The entire metered output of the Broadview JN Facility is sold to SCE under a long-term power purchase agreement. Broadview JN has filed with the commission an application for authorization to sell power under marketbased rates.

A related company, Ocotillo Express LLC, is engaged exclusively in the business of developing, owning, and operating the Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Facility, an approximately 265 MW (nameplate) wind project located in Imperial County, California. Ocotillo is an EWG with market-based rate authority. The Ocotillo Facility interconnects to the transmission system owned by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), and power from the facility will be sold into the CAISO market, which is located in the Southwest region. All of the output from the Ocotillo Facility will be sold to SDG&E pursuant to a twenty-year PPA.

Barry Cassell
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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.