Lakeswind Power Partners seeks FERC approvals for 48-MW project

Lakeswind Power Partners LLC on Sept. 16 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for various approvals related to its nearly-completed, 48-MW wind project in Minnesota.

Lakeswind requested that the commission: grant it authorization to make market-based wholesale sales of energy, capacity, and ancillary services pursuant to a market-based rate tariff; accept the tariff for filing with an effective date as of 60 days after the date of this application; and grant it the waivers and pre-approvals routinely granted to entities with market-based rate authority.

Lakeswind is developing the Lakeswind Project, a wind facility located in Clay, Becker and Otter Tail counties, Minn. The Lakeswind Project is expected to have a nameplate capacity of 48 MW. It is not yet operational.

Lakeswind has signed a Generator Interconnection Agreement for the project with Great River Energy and the Midcontinent ISO. Lakeswind said it intends to complete development of the project at or around the end of 2013 and is seeking market-based rate authority in anticipation of its commercial operation date.

The entire output of the project will be committed fully to a combination of three purchasers under separate long-term Wind Energy Generation Purchase Agreements (PPAs). The purchasers are Great Lakes Utilities, North Central Power and Northern Wisconsin Electric.

Lakeswind is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Rockland Power Partners LP. Rockland is a private equity fund with investors that include U.S. endowments and foundations, funds of funds, pension plans and family offices.

The contact for the company is: James Maiz,
 Rockland Capital LLC,
 24 Waterway Ave., Suite 800,
 The Woodlands, TX 77380,
 Tel: 281.863.9006,
 Fax: 281.863.9055,
 Email: james.maiz@rocklandcapital.com.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.