Minnesota PUC looks at permit for Odell Wind Farm transmission line

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will be looking at its April 10 meeting at a December 2013 application from Odell Wind Farm LLC for a route permit for a 9.5-mile, 115-kV High Voltage Transmission Line in Martin, Jackson and Cottonwood counties.

This transmission project also includes construction of a new substation (Woad Hill Substation) in Cedar Township of Martin County, commission staff noted in an April 2 briefing memo. The project is designed to interconnect the proposed the 200-MW Odell Wind Farm project with a radial line to the nearby Lakefield Generating Junction Substation.

Odell has proposed to utilize a variable 150 to 600 foot route width for the 115 kV HVTL. The majority of the proposed route would be 150 feet wide extending from the road centerline.

Construction of the project would commence in the third quarter of 2014 and is anticipated to take approximately two months. The in-service date of the project would be late 2014.

The Minnesota commission on March 10 had ssued a notice of a draft permit and a planned March 31 hearing on an application by Odell Wind Farm for a site permit on the power project itself. The proposed Odell Wind Farm will consist of 100 to 133 turbines, depending on the turbine model selected. Currently, 1.5 MW, 1.6 MW, and 2.0 MW turbine models are under consideration. Comments about the draft site permit may be submitted through April 17.

The project contact is: Patrick Smith, patrick@geronimoenergy.com, 952-988-9000, Odell Wind Farm LLC c/o Geronimo Energy, 7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 725, Edina MN 55435.

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