Minnesota PUC to consider transfer of permit for 41-MW wind project

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission at its Nov. 24 meeting will look at whether to approve a petition for a Large Wind Energy Conversion System site permit transfer from Lake Country Wind Energy LLC to Trishe Wind Minnesota LLC.

The commission had issued a site permit to Lake Country Wind Energy (LCWE) to construct a 41-MW project in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties in February 2011. On June 3, 2013, the commission approved an extension of the site permit. On Nov. 21, 2013, LCWE filed a copy of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) it had entered into with the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) for the energy generated from the facility and construction on the Lake County Wind Farm was initiated in December 2013 starting with the substation foundation.

On Sept. 15, Trishe Resources Inc. filed a petition to transfer the site permit for the Lake Country Wind Farm (LCWF) from LCWE to Trishe Wind Minnesota, which is Trishe’s wholly owned subsidiary.Trishe stated that it was awarded the LCWE assets by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Said a Nov. 17 memo from commission staff about the situation: “It has been referenced by the applicant that Trishe Wind Minnesota, LLC assumed all of LCWE’s assets through the bankruptcy court. However, proof of ownership has not been filed with the Commission. Without proof of ownership of LCWE’s assets, Trishe’s eligibility to file this petition is unclear. Therefore, staff recommends the Commission withhold the issuance of the amended permit until Trishe provides proof of the ownership of LCWE’s assets.”

On Nov. 20, Trishe filed with the commission extra documentation about its ownership of the project.

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