Benson Power files EWG notice for biomass plant in Minnesota

Benson Power LLC, an affiliate of Competitive Power Ventures, on March 20 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator.

Benson Power will own and operate a 64-MW (nameplate) poultry-litter and other biomass-fueled facility located in Benson, Minnesota. The facility is certified and operated as a qualifying small power production facility under PURPA. It is an eligible facility under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935.

The electricity produced by the facility is sold exclusively at wholesale to Northern States Power d/b/a Xcel Energy under a long-term power purchase agreement. The facility is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Great River Energy and operated by the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator.

A company contact is: Jonathan Odell Sr., Vice President and General Counsel, Competitive Power Ventures, 8403 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910, Tel (240) 533-9786,

PowerMinn 9090 LLCFibrominn LLC, Benson Power and CPV Biomass Holdings LLC on Feb. 18 applied for FERC authorization related to this plant. The facility has been owned by PowerMinn and leased and operated by Fibrominn. Under the proposed transaction, Benson would acquire the facility in a receivership sale. Following the transaction, PowerMinn and Fibrominn will be dissolved, Benson will become the owner and operator of the facility, and CPV Biomass will become the managing member of Benson.

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