MISO works out interconnect for 50-MW Michigan wind project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on Jan. 8 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a document related to the 50-MW Big Turtle Wind Farm LLC project in Huron County, Mich.

MISO filed a Generator Interconnection Agreement among Big Turtle Wind Farm LLC, local transmission owner International Transmission Co. d/b/a ITC Transmission and MISO. Huron County is in the thumb area of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, which has been something of a hotbed of wind farm development lately due to factors like relatively strong winds and proximity to load centers in the Detroit area.

All supporting studies were performed based on the assumption that the facility will have a total net output not to exceed 50 MW at the point of interconnection (POI). The (G997) facility wind turbines will be located in Huron County and under the agreement they will be the Gamesa G114 2.0 MW model. The 25 wind turbines will be connected to Big Turtle Wind Farm’s 34.5-kV collection system. There will be one 34.5/120 kV transformer with one 120-kV circuit breaker on the high side of the transformer.

The Point of Change of Ownership (PCO) will be at ITC’s 120-kV isolation disconnect switch located on the entrance structure inside ITC’s Minden substation located at 1717 Minden Rd, Harbor Beach, Mich. The POI will be where the radial 120-kV trainer from the PCO connects to ITC’s new 120-kV Minden substation bus.

Under the GIA, the target date for commercial operation of this project is Oct. 31, 2014.

The developer contact is: Big Turtle Wind Farm LLC
, c/o Heritage Sustainable Energy LLC, Attn: Rick Wilson,
121 East Front Street, Suite 200, Traverse City, MI 49684, 
Fax: 231-929-0642, 
Email: rick@rockmi.com.

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