Glacial Ridge Wind seeks more time for 20-MW Minnesota project

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is looking at whether to extend a construction deadline by two years for a 20-MW wind farm in Pope County, Minn., backed by Glacial Ridge Wind Project LLC.

The initial comment period closes Dec. 13, with reply comments due by Dec. 20, the commission said in a Nov. 27 public notice.

The commission is considering whether to authorize an additional two years to commence construction and to obtain a power purchase agreement (or other enforceable mechanism). It is also looking at whether to grant an extension to the term of the permit to 30 years from the date of amendment (if amended). It could also revoke the site permit.

In April 2009, the commission issued a Large Wind Energy Conversion System (LWECS) Site Permit to Glacial Ridge Wind Project. In June 2011, the commission granted Glacial Ridge a two-year extension to commence construction and to obtain a power purchase agreement (or other enforceable mechanism). On Nov. 21, Glacial Ridge filed a request for another two-year extension.

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