Minnesota PUC revokes Bitter Root wind permit

As expected, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has formally revoked a site permit for a 138-MW wind project that Buffalo Ridge Power Partners had planned to develop in Yellow Medicine and Lincoln Counties, Minn.

The PUC issued its written order May 1 that revoked the permit for the Bitter Root wind project.

The PUC had initially issued the developer a site permit in December 2010. In late January of this year, Bitter Root informed the PUC it had not secured a power contract for the facility and had not started construction on the project.

The PUC met to consider the matter April 25. The company has also told the PUC that due to the severity of the interconnection obstacles encountered during development, it did not anticipate being able to satisfy its permit conditions.

In its two-page written order, the PUC noted that the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Energy Facilities Permitting staff has recommended that future permits issued by the PUC specifically allow an option for permit revocation or termination at the request of the permit holder.

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