44-MW Minnesota wind project loses state-issued site permit

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Nov. 12 issued a final order terminating  site permit for a 44-MW wind project of Shell Rock Wind Farm LLC.

In December 2011, the commission issued a wind farm site permit to Shell Rock Wind Farm. Among other conditions, the permit requires Shell Rock to begin construction within two years after the permit was issued or advise the commission why it failed to do so.

On Aug. 23, Shell Rock filed a letter stating that it would be unable to begin construction by the end of 2013 and requesting that the commission revoke its site permit. The company indicated that it has withdrawn from the Midcontinent ISO process and requested that the site permit be revoked without prejudice.

“Shell Rock states that a lengthy generator interconnection process and high estimated costs have made the wind farm impracticable,” said the Nov. 12 order. “It asks the Commission to revoke its site permit. No one has opposed the request. The Commission will therefore revoke Shell Rock’s site permit.”

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