MISO works out interconnect deal for Odell Wind project in Minnesota

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator on Oct. 27 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Odell Wind Farm LLC and transmission owner Northern States Power for a 200-MW wind project.

Odell Wind will install, under MISO queue position G826, a wind facility rated at 200 MW gross and 200 MW net, with all studies performed at or below these outputs. The wind farm is to be composed of 100 Vestas V100-2.0 wind turbine generators (WTGs), nominally rated at 2.0 MW each.

G826 will interconnect at one of the three positions in Northern States Power’s new ring bus 345 kV Substation in Martin County, Minnesota. Odell Wind will construct a new 345-kV transmission line from the wind generating facilities to the utility’s substation. The project’s in-service date is Oct. 9, 2015.

A project contact is: Blake Nixon, Odell Wind Farm LLC, 7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 725, Edina, MN 55435, Phone (952) 988-9000, Email: blake@geronimoenergy.com.

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX: AQN) said Sept. 4 that it has an agreement to acquire the construction-stage, 200-MW Odell wind farm project in Minnesota. Algonquin didn’t name the party it is buying this asset from. Geronimo Energy LLC is listed as the project backer in various regulatory filings for the Odell facility. Odell has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Northern States Power subsidiary of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) and is estimated to generate 816.6 GW-hrs annually. Project construction costs are estimated to be approximately $313.5m.

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