The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is due to look at its April 11 meeting at an application from EDF Renewable Energy on the 100-MW Stoneray Wind Project.
On March 15, the commission received a request from EDF Renewable Energy for an exemption from some of the data requirements for a certificate of need application, said a pre-meeting briefing memo prepared by commission staff that was filed on April 4. EDF also requested a variance to the rule requirement that an exemption request be filed at least 45 days before a certificate of need application is filed.
The commission issued a notice of comment period on the requested exemptions and variance on March 25, requesting initial comments by April 5 and reply comments by April 12.
EDF is proposing a 100-MW large electric wind-generation facility in Pipestone and Murray counties in southwest Minnesota, near Woodstock.
Commission staff is proposing a variance with respect to the timing requirement in the rule subparts. Specifically, staff is proposing that: the commission vary the 30 day timing requirement under state rules in order to allow sufficient time to solicit comments, review the exemption request, hold a Commission meeting and provide a written order: and that the commission vary a rule in order to allow sufficient time to solicit comments on the completeness of the certificate of need application upon it being filed, to review the filing and comments, hold a commission meeting and provide a written order.
“Staff will bring the merits of the exemption request and the assessment of application completeness before the Commission as soon as practicable,” said the memo.