The Western Area Power Administration (Western) is taking public comment until May 6 on a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for a NextEra Energy Resources LLC wind project in North Dakota.
NextEra, on behalf of its subsidiary Wilton Wind IV LLC, wants to to interconnect its proposed Wilton IV Wind Energy Center to Western’s power transmission system. The proposed facility would be located at Burleigh County, N.D. It would consist of 62 wind turbines, with a total nameplate capacity of approximately 99 MW.
NextEra has also requested that the existing interconnection contracts for the Wilton Wind I Energy Center (formerly known as Burleigh County Wind), Wilton Wind II Energy Center, and the Baldwin Wind Energy Center (together called the Existing Projects) be modified to lift their administrative 50 average annual MW production caps.
Western is a power marketing agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The project would interconnect to Western’s transmission system at the existing Hilken Switching Station. The project area encompasses approximately 24.6 square miles (15,752 acres) southeast of Wilton, N.D, and approximately 12 miles north of Bismarck.
The proposed project would consist of the following components:
- 62 General Electric (GE) 1.6 MW xle wind turbines;
- Up to 2 permanent meteorological (met) towers;
- All-weather access roads to each turbine site;
- Underground electrical collection lines from each turbine;
- Fiber optic communications cables from each turbine; and
- A collection substation and a 240-foot overhead 230-kilovolt (kV) tie-line.