Lakeswind files for EWG status for its 48-MW Minnesota project

Lakeswind Power Partners LLC, which is developing a 48-MW wind project in Minnesota, on Oct. 30 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

The company is developing the Lakeswind Project in Clay, Becker and Otter Tail counties, Minn. Lakeswind is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Rockland Power Partners LP.

Lakeswind will own and operate the facility, which will have a nameplate capacity of 48 MW. The facility will consist of thirty-two General Electric 1.5 MW XLE Wind Turbine Generators with WindCONTROL technology. Individual turbines will have a dynamic maximum output between 1.5 MW and 1.6 MW. The facility will include related electrical equipment necessary for sales of electric energy at wholesale, including a collection system and a 34.5/115kV step-up transformer.

Lakeswind said it is a party to a Generator Interconnection Agreement for the facility with Great River Energy and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator. The facility will interconnect with Great River Energy’s transmission system at the 115 kV Tamarac Substation in Otter Tail County, Minn. The interconnection facilities connecting the wind facility to Great River Energy’s system will consist of an up to 10-mile radial 115 kV transmission line that will be owned, operated and used exclusively by Lakeswind.

Lakeswind said it intends to complete development of the wind facility at or around the end of 2013 and is seeking EWG status in anticipation of its commercial operation date. Lakeswind will sell all of its output at wholesale at market-based rates or otherwise pursuant to tariffs approved by the commission.

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