ANACONDAS, FLORIDA — (BUSINESS WIRE)– ANAConda Power Plant operator ANACondas operating expenses rose $9,824,000, or 9.4%, to $8.86 billion in the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
The increase of $2.3 million to $933.3 per kilowatt hour was due to the completion of the ANAConds first-ever commercial wind project, the $100 million, four-year extension of the existing transmission line, and a $3.3 billion, 10-year capital improvement project.
The $4.3-billion capital improvement and the $2 billion capital improvement in 2021-2022 totaled $1.2 billion.
Operating expenses for the quarter were down $1,037,000 or 6.6%, primarily due to a decrease in the $1 million operating and capital expenditures, mainly due to lower costs of fuel, equipment, and plant services.
The ANACondo Wind project will bring more than 1,500 megawatts of power to the region, including 2,500 MW of wind turbines and 3,200 MW of solar photovoltaic systems.ANAConda expects its net operating margin in the third quarter to be 15.5%.
The operating costs of ANACodas assets increased $3,000 due to completion of new transmission lines and other capital improvements.
The average cost of capital for the third quarters operating expenses was $2,547.3.
In the quarter, ANAComa also had an $8 million charge for its $1 billion capital improvements in 2021 and 2021-22.
The cost of the capital improvement was $1 and $1 for each $100,000 invested, respectively.
In addition, the company paid an $80,000 penalty for failing to obtain necessary approval for the $5.5 billion capital project.
An investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission determined that the project was not eligible for Federal funds under the National Renewable Energy Laboratory program, the largest solar project in the world.