Minnesota PUC to decide on wind project deadline extension

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission at its Dec. 18 meeting will look at the issue of extending a wind farm project authorization held by two companies.

In December 2012, the commission issued Black Oak Wind LLC and Getty Wind Co. LLC a certificate of need for the up to 82-MW Black Oak (42 MW) and Getty Wind (40 MW) projects, also known collectively as a single project. The combined project was anticipated to be in-service by Dec. 31, 2013.

PUC staff said in a Dec. 16 briefing memo for the commission to use during the Dec. 18 meeting: “Black Oak Wind and Getty Wind Company petitioned the Commission for an extension of the in-service date to December 31, 2015 citing delays in meeting the December 2013 in-service date related to the uncertainty surrounding the extension of the production tax credit and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) interconnection process.”

The companies request that the commission approve the extension of the project in-service date to Dec. 31, 2015, without rehearing or recertification. However, in the alternative, if the commission determines that additional hearings are necessary, the companies requested that the commission find that the projects is exempt from the certificate of need requirements. The companies have stated they have an executed power purchase agreement with the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency. On Nov. 14, the companies provided notification to the commission of the acquisition of Getty Wind by Black Oak Wind.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.