FAQ

FAQs were added on 11/1/2016.

Do participants need to show proof of site control by November 11, 2016 (deadline to submit TSRs)

No, proof of site control is not among the minimum eligibility criteria. However, if an applicant does submit proof of site control by November 11, it will be used to assess project viability, which is one of the ranking criteria. The ranking criteria will be used to rank submissions in the event that the total amount of TSRs meeting the minimum eligibility criteria exceeds available transmission capacity on the WI (603 MW). This process is detailed in Section 2.1 of the Information Memorandum, available in the “Documents” section of the website www.WesternInterconnect-os.com.

Will the name of awarded parties be released in the filing to FERC

At the conclusion of the Open Season process, LEI will file a report with FERC attesting to the process. As mentioned in Section 2.1 of the Information Memorandum, names and amount of transmission service for selected parties will be included in the filing. Additional information from non-selected parties, if any, will be aggregated and anonymized in the filing.

Costs in the template document for directly connected and Transmission Operator Interconnection Facilities are not specified. Please specify.

As described in Section 5.10 of the LGIA, the Interconnection Customer must, at its own expense, design, procure, construct, own and install the Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities. WI, as the Transmission Provider, will study the proposed Transmission Customer’s interconnection according to generally accepted utility practices. For the avoidance of doubt, all interconnection costs borne by the Transmission Customer are separate from the Transmission Service Charge, and covered under the LGIA.

Network Upgrade or Affected System costs are also not specified. These cost pieces are critical in other FERC jurisdictional contexts from a project feasibility standpoint. Please provide this information.

Network Upgrade costs, if any, will be determined through WI’s study of the proposed Transmission Customer interconnection. As with the Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities, the Transmission Customer will be responsible for all costs associated with any required Network Upgrades.

The Transmission Agreement references a Point of Receipt (POR) but no Point of Delivery (POD). This needs to be known in order to the value of the transmission. Please provide.

The Point of Delivery is Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (“PNM”) Blackwater substation. The Point of Receipt is where the customer’s facility interconnects to the WI transmission line. The Transmission Customer can request to interconnect at any point on the WI transmission line.

Downstream impacts beyond the POD need to be known and understood. This will determine how far energy can be wheeled. Please inform.

For service beyond the Blackwater substation, customers must request transmission rights on PNM’s system following procedures detailed in their OATT (available on PNM’s OASIS page).

No ancillary service and or losses costs are mentioned. Please inform.

As mentioned in Section 15.7 of the TSA, the Transmission Customer is responsible for replacing incremental Real Power Losses associated all transmission service between the Point of Receipt and the Point of Delivery. The magnitude of transmission losses varies with flows on the line and will be calculated by the Transmission Provider. There are no ancillary services charges.

Please specify cost of gen tie to WI’s transformer.

WI, as the Transmission Provider, will study the proposed Transmission Customer’s interconnection according to generally accepted utility practices. The Transmission Customer is responsible for all costs related to interconnecting with WI’s facilities. Section 2.1 of the Information Memorandum details the schedule and process once a customer’s Transmission Service Request has been selected by WI pursuant to this Open Season.

Please specify any SPP or PNM export (through and out or drive out costs), as well as congestion costs associated with the location of the interconnection point in SPP service territory.

WI does not have an interconnection point in the SPP region. For costs of transmission service on PNM, SPP or any other jurisdiction’s transmission system, please refer to those entities’ respective OATTs. PNM’s OATT is available on their OASIS page. SPP’s tariff is available here.

Please describe anticipated next steps in the event the open season fails to add anchor generators.

The WI transmission line is scheduled to begin commercial operation in the first quarter of 2017. Any transmission capacity that has not been allocated to anchor customers or through the Open Season will be offered through WI’s OASIS. Customers will be able to request transmission service pursuant to rules set forth in Section 17 of the OATT.

Is the connection to Western Interconnect in fact evaluated as a PNM Interconnect?

No; the interconnection of Transmission Customer’s Generating Facilities with the WI transmission line, and interconnection of the WI with PNM’s system, are two separate procedures regulated by different OATTs.

Is it possible to connect downstream, for example at the Guadalupe substation?

The Guadalupe substation is on PNM’s system; interconnection at that location must be requested pursuant to rules set forth in PNM’s OATT.

Does the cost for service and interconnection include transmission service beyond Blackwater Substation? If so, could you please provide the details of the service and costs beyond Blackwater

This Open Season allows applicants to request transmission service on the Western Interconnect line up to the interconnection with Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (“PNM”) Blackwater substation. For service beyond the Blackwater substation, customers must request transmission rights on PNM’s system following procedures detailed in their OATT.