MISO works out deal with MidAmerican on grid upgrades for Iowa wind project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, on behalf of ITC Midwest LLC, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 21 a Facilities Services Agreement (FSA) with MidAmerican Energy for an Iowa wind project.

The FSA provides a means to recover the cost of the network upgrades to ITC Midwest’s transmission system, funded by ITC Midwest, associated with the interconnection of MidAmerican’s Wellsburg Windfarm. MidAmerican is the developer of this 139-MW wind project, located in Grundy County, Iowa. Under the Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) between ITC Midwest, MidAmerican and MISO, ITC Midwest must install certain Network Upgrades consisting of the Wellsburg 161/69 kV transformer to interconnect the MidAmerican project.

ITC Midwest has served a copy of this filing electronically, including attachments, upon MidAmerican and the Iowa Utilities Board.

MidAmerican Energy had on Jan. 12 announced that it has completed work on four of the five wind farms that make up its 1,050-MW Wind VIII project – the largest economic development project in Iowa history. The three wind farms completed in 2014 – Lundgren in Webster County, Macksburg in Madison County and Wellsburg in Grundy County – account for a total of 511.4 MW of capacity, to go along with the 44.6 MW capacity at the Vienna II wind farm in Marshall County, which was completed in 2013. The final piece of the Wind VIII project – the 495-MW Highland wind farm in O’Brien County – will be finished by the end of 2015.

The following projects were placed in-service in 2014:

  • Lundgren – 107 turbines, 251 MW;
  • Macksburg – 51 turbines, 119.6 MW; and
  • Wellsburg – 60 turbines, 140.8 MW.
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