RES Americas working on transmission for 200-MW wind project

Pleasant Valley Wind LLC told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Oct. 17 of its decision to seek local approval of a reworked transmission line route and substation associated with its proposed 200-MW Pleasant Valley Wind Project.

The wind farm itself was permitted by the commission in 2010, with an amendment in 2013. Pleasant Valley said it previously completed the local approval process through Mower County for transmission and substation facilities associated with the project. An environmental assessment was completed as part of that process.

Due to changes in the project, including modifications to the proposed transmission and substation facilities, Pleasant Valley now plans to work with Mower County to complete a new environmental assessment for an overhead 161-kV transmission line route with a length of less than 10 miles and one 34.5/161 kV project substation.

Pleasant Valley is currently considering two transmission line route options between the proposed Pleasant Valley Wind Project substation in Sargeant Township and the existing Great River Energy (GRE) Pleasant Valley Station in Pleasant Valley Township, all in Mower County.

Upon completion of the new environmental assessment, Pleasant Valley plans to submit to Mower County new applications for conditional use permits for the final selected transmission route and substation. The facilities will facilitate the delivery of the project’s output to the point of interconnection at the Xcel Energy’s 161-kV bus located within GRE’s Pleasant Valley Station.

The Oct. 17 letter is from: Justin Markell, Development Manager, Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., (952) 210-1720, justin.markell@res-americas.com.

RES America Developments, a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES Americas), announded July 19 that it is working with Xcel (NYSE: XEL) to construct the 200-MW Pleasant Valley Wind Farm. The project is adjacent to the Grand Meadow wind project owned by Xcel.

“RES Americas is pleased to once again work with Xcel Energy to provide an additional 200 megawatts of affordable and clean energy to the region,” said Susan Reilly, president and CEO of RES Americas, at the time. “This is an excellent example of the realized benefits of the Production Tax Credit.”

Once the project is complete, RES Americas will transfer ownership of Pleasant Valley to Xcel, who will own and operate the project. The development and construction schedules remain on track to be completed by the end of 2015, with development activities into 2014 and plans to break ground in mid-2014.

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