Beethoven Wind to produce test energy within days at South Dakota project

Beethoven Wind LLC, which is building a wind farm in South Dakota, on Feb. 20 asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to authorize it to engage in the sale of electric energy, capacity and ancillary services at market-based rates.

Beethoven will own a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of 79.55 MW located in in Bon Homme, Hutchison and Charles Mix counties, South Dakota. That is in the Central region in the Western Area Power Administration–Upper Great Plains East (WAUE) balancing authority area. The facility is currently under construction, and Beethoven expects to begin generating and selling test energy from it as early as Feb. 27.

Beethoven is a wholly owned subsidiary of BayWa r.e. Wind LLC (BayWa Wind). BayWa Wind is owned 95% by BayWa r.e. USA LLC (BayWa USA) and 5% by Florian Zerhusen, the President and CEO of BayWa Wind. BayWa USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of BayWa r.e. renewable energy Gmbh, a company organized under the laws of Germany (BayWa Gmbh). BayWa Gmbh, in turn, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BayWa AG, also a company organized under the laws of Germany. 

The Beethoven facility will consist of 43 General Electric 1.85 MW wind turbine generators and associated equipment. Beethoven will also own an approximately seven-mile 115 kV generator interconnection line and associated equipment that will be used to interconnect the facility to transmission facilities owned by NorthWestern Corp. and operated by the Western Area Power Administration in the WAUE balancing authority area. NorthWestern is contractually entitled to all of the facility’s electrical output pursuant to long-term power purchase agreements.

BayWa Wind, through subsidiaries, is developing various additional wind projects in the U.S., the application noted. The projects currently under development consist of: up to 18 MW in Umatilla County, Oregon; 60 MW to 140 MW in Moore County, Texas; and 50 MW to 200 MW in Kent and Stonewall counties, Texas.

A company contact is: Kate Valentine, Development Manager, BayWa r.e. Wind LLC, 4365 Executive Drive, Suite 1470, San Diego, CA 92121, phone (858) 450-6800, fax (858) 450-6801, valentine@baywa-re.us. 

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