Minnesota commission okays Odell Wind project site permit

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on July 17 issued a final written approval on a September 2013 application from Odell Wind Farm LLC for a site permit for a 200-MW wind farm in Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, and Watonwan counties, Minn.

The Odell Wind Farm would consist of up to 133 turbines, up to four permanent meteorological towers, transformers, a project substation, turbine access roads, underground electrical collection and communication lines, and other project facilities. The total area of the project would be approximately 29,500 acres, nearly all of it agricultural land.

The project would connect to the transmission grid at the new Woad Hill Substation in Cedar Township in Martin County. The company has filed an application for a route permit to construct the substation, a 9.5-mile, 115-kV high-voltage transmission line linking the substation to the Odell Wind Farm, and associated facilities.

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) will purchase the full output of the facility under a purchased power agreement executed in July 2013 and approved by the commission in December 2013. Geronimo Energy LLC had announced in July 2013 that it had signed Xcel to a contract for its Odell Wind project output.

A project contact is: Betsy Engelking, Vice President of Development, Geronimo Wind Energy LLC d/b/a Geronimo Energy LLC, 7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 725 Edina, Minnesota 55435, Tel: (952) 988-9000, email: betsy@geronimoenergy.com.   

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