SCE to switch on 132 MW wind power facility in September

Voyager Wind I applied Feb. 5 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for acceptance of its Market-Based Rate Tariff effective on April 6 and waiver of certain commission regulations under the Federal Power Act.

The company is constructing and will own or lease and operate an about 132 MW (nameplate) wind power facility located in Kern County, California. Voyager Wind I expects the facility to commence first production of test power in September 2016 and commercial operation soon thereafter.

The facility will be interconnected to the transmission system owned by Southern California Edison (SCE) and operated by the California Independent System Operator (California ISO).

The entire output of the wind energy facility will be sold exclusively at wholesale to third parties, including under a long-term power purchase agreement with SCE that will take effect in 2019. The company is an exempt wholesale generator under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005.

The company is controlled in part by certain entities called the Terra-Gen Partnerships and by Energy Capital Partners affiliates.

Voyager Wind I shares ownership of certain facilities necessary for the development, construction, and operation of it facility, including radial generator lead lines associated with the Alta Wind Energy Center in Kern County, with other co-located wind facilities and Alta Windpower Development.

AWD is an affiliate of Voyager Wind I that owns and holds the excess, unused capacity on these power lines until additional phases of generation are developed.

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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.

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