Minnesota commission to axe permit for 18.2-MW wind project

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will be looking at its Oct. 24 meeting at a recent request to terminate an approval for an 18.2-MW wind project in Dodge County, Minn.

In September 2004, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board issued a site permit to G. McNeilus LLC to construct and operate an up to 18.2-MW Large Wind Energy Conversion System (LWECS) in Dodge County.

On June 12, the state Department of Commerce filed a letter with the commission detailing its review of the LWECS site permit for the project. The department noted that the project has not been built and that the permittee had not provided notice to the commission of the reasons construction has not commenced, as required under the site permit. The department also noted a number of other permit-required filings that have not been received from the permittee since permit issuance, commission staff noted in Oct. 16 briefing memo.

On Sept. 10, the permittee filed a letter in response to the department’s compliance review indicating that it did not intend to expend additional resources to preserve the LWECS site permit for the project.

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