Enel, Algonquin buy Odell Wind Farm project in Minnesota

Odell Wind Farm LLC notified the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 15 of the occurrence of an acquisition of this wind developer and its 200-MW project.

Effective Nov. 14, Odell Holdings LLC is the new owner of Odell Wind Farm. Odell Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of Odell SponsorCo LLC, which itself is a jointly owned subsidiary of Algonquin Power (Odell Holdings) Inc. and Enel Kansas LLC. This notice is being provided pursuant to a Site Permit issued to Odell Wind Farm on July 17, 2014.

The permittee’s ultimate parent entities are Enel Green Power S.p.A. and Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. EGPNA is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 21 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. EGPNA owns and operates over 90 plants with an installed capacity of almost 2 GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar energy. Algonquin Power (Odell Holdings) is an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities. The former owner of this project was Geronimo Energy.

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator on Oct. 27 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Odell Wind Farm and transmission owner Northern States Power. 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, nominally rated at 2 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.

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