MISO revises engineering deal for Odell Wind Farm project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on Aug. 13 filed at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission amended agreement related to the to-be-upgraded interconnecting facilities for the 200-MW Odell Wind Farm LLC project.

The agreements are between MISO, Odell Wind Farm and transmission owner Northern States Power. Odell plans to own, construct, and operate a 200-MW facility located in Jackson County, Minn., that will interconnect to Northern States Power’s 345-kV transmission system and be operated in accordance with the MISO Tariff.

In June, the parties worked out original engineering agreement and submitted it to FERC, where it is still pending. “The Parties now desire to amend and restate the Original Agreement to reflect changes in the deadline for the Parties to complete negotiation of the Interconnection Customer’s Generator Interconnection Agreement or Provisional Generator Interconnection Agreement,” the filing noted.

The updated agreement sets Dec. 31, 2015, as the target commercial operation date for the generating facility, with the interconnect facilities to be ready by Oct. 1 of that year.

A project contact is: Odell Wind Farm LLC, Attn: Blake Nixon, 7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 725, Edina, MN 55435.

Also on Aug. 13, Odell Wind Farm filed an update with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in a docket where it is seeking approval of a transmission line for the project. It wants a route permit to construct a new 9.5-mile, 115-kV transmission line and associated facilities in Cottonwood, Jackson, and Martin counties, Minn., from the planned Odell Wind Farm Substation in Cottonwood County to the proposed Woad Hill Substation in Martin County.

Geronimo Wind Energy LLC d/b/a Geronimo Energy LLC formed Odell Wind Farm to pursue both the wind and transmission projects.

The update concluded: “The Commission should conclude that all relevant statutory and rule criteria necessary to obtain a site permit have been satisfied and that there are no statutory or other requirements that preclude granting a route permit based on the record.”

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