MISO works out deal for 200-MW Pleasant Valley Wind project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on May 6 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a letter agreement between Pleasant Valley Wind LLC and transmission owner Great River Energy for a 200-MW power project that is due for commercial operation by Oct. 15, 2015.

The agreement sets forth the agreement between the parties concerning a portion of the work to be engaged in by the transmission owner to support Pleasant Valley Wind’s preferred schedule to obtain interconnection service under a Generator Interconnection Agreement with MISO.

Pleasant Valley wind currently plans to install a 200-MW generation facility located in Mower County, Minn. The generating facility is presently expected to interconnect with GRE’s Pleasant Valley Substation on the 161-kV system.

Company contact information is: Pleasant Valley Wind LLC, Attn: Tom Heister, 11101 West 120th Avenue, Suite 400, Broomfield, CO 80021; with a copy to: RES America Development, Attn: Ravi Bantu and Marcia Emmons, 11101 W 120th Ave., Suite 400, Broomfield, CO, 80021.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 1 approved the eventual merger of two wind energy project companies into the Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota unit of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL). NSP Minnesota, Border Winds Energy LLC and Pleasant Valley Wind had filed for approval of NSP Minnesota’s acquisition of Border Winds and Pleasant Valley, and then the merger of Border Winds and Pleasant Valley into NSP Minnesota.

  • Border Winds was formed to own a 150-MW project in North Dakota, with project construction to begin this year. It is a unit of RES America Development and RES America Investments.
  • Pleasant Valley was formed to construct and own a 200-MW wind project and related facilities at a site in Minnesota. Applicants expect construction of the Pleasant Valley Facility to commence in 2014. It is also co-owned by RES America Development and RES America Investments.

Both projects were picked based on offers made in a February 2013 request for proposals issued by NSP Minnesota. The projects won’t actually be bought by the utility until they are in operation, which is expected in late 2015.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.