FERC conditionally accepts construction deal for Border Winds project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 12 granted a conditional acceptance related to a 150-MW wind project of Border Winds Energy LLC.

On July 18, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator submitted for filing an unexecuted non-conforming Facilities Construction Agreement among Border Winds Energy as the Interconnection Customer, Otter Tail Power as the Transmission Owner, and MISO as the Transmission Provider. “In this order, we conditionally accept the unexecuted non-conforming Border Winds Facilities Construction Agreement, to become effective July 19, 2014, as requested, subject to the removal of the proposed revisions that deviate from the pro forma Facilities Construction Agreement,” FERC wrote in the Dec. 12 order.

Xcel Energy Services stated on behalf of its utility operating affiliate, Northern States Power, that Border Winds was formed to construct and own a 150-MW wind project and related facilities within Rolette County, North Dakota. Northern States Power selected RES America Development to construct the Border Winds Facility on a build-transfer basis using a competitive bid process in order to satisfy its obligations under the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standards. Northern States Power will take ownership shortly after the Border Winds Facility has been placed into commercial operation through a Purchase and Sale Agreement, if all conditions precedent are satisfied.

As a result of the Border Winds Facility’s location it will require Otter Tail to construct certain Network Upgrades and System Protection Facilities on the Otter Tail transmission system in order to interconnect the Border Winds Facility to a section of the Northern States Power transmission system located in North Dakota. As Otter Tail is an Affected System in this instance a Facilities Construction Agreement between Border Winds and Otter Tail is required.

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