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Pattern Energy Group LP says its Southern Cross transmission project has obtained final regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), enabling the company to move forward with the high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission tie between ERCOT in Texas and the transmission grid in the southeastern U.S.

"Southern Cross is an innovative transmission project that will allow Texas to share its abundant low-cost wind energy resources with its neighbor states to the southeast," says Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. "We appreciate the assistance we've received from the many parties in Texas who worked with us on securing this order and are excited to now be able to move forward with this unique project."

The orders issued by FERC followed a compliance filing earlier this year and are in response to applications initially filed by Pattern Development in September 2011. FERC announced four orders: the City of Garland, Texas, must interconnect with Southern Cross; Oncor Electric Delivery Co. and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric must provide transmission service for power flows into and out of ERCOT; the approval of an associated Offer of Settlement among the parties; and affirmation that neither the order nor the Offer of Settlement would cause ERCOT, Oncor, CenterPoint or any other ERCOT utility or other entity that is not already a public utility to become a "public utility" as defined by the Federal Power Act.

Pattern Development's team of transmission experts has developed other transmission projects, including the Trans Bay Cable project under San Francisco Bay.

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