Consolidated Edison has asked the Montana PSC to force NorthWestern Energy to sign a power purchase agreement for a 20 MW wind project.

“NorthWestern has not attempted to negotiate with CED,” the developer, CED Pondera Wind, said in its Sept. 16 petition to the commission [D2019.09.067].

The developer is owned by Con Edison Development, which is part of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses. Con Edison created the holding company in 2017 to consolidate its three development subsidiaries.

The proposed development, CED Pondera Wind, is a 20 MW wind farm located about 60 miles northeast of Great Falls, Mont. Planned date for starting commercial operations is Dec. 31, 2022. It’s self-certified as a QF with FERC.

In the petition, the developer asks the PSC to recognize that it signed a legally enforceable obligation with NWE on Sept. 3, when it sent a signed power purchase agreement to the utility. It asks for avoided costs of $46.68/MWh around the clock, the average price the QF would get over the course of a year. It proposes an avoided capacity cost at $3.40/MWh and a carbon adder of $6.27/MWh for the duration of a 25-year contract.

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