MISO works out deal for grid upgrades for Trishe Wind Minnesota project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 13 an agreement for preliminary transmission grid work with Trishe Wind Minnesota LLC and transmission owner Northern States Power.

MISO has designated this as project No. J288 in its interconnection queue. Trishe Wind plans to own, construct, and operate a facility located in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties, Minnesota, that will consist of approximately 20 wind turbines rated at 2 MW each, with a total output of 40 MW (net) of Network Resource Interconnection Service (NRIS) upon completion of all required network upgrades and interconnection facilities. This wind facility is currently expected to interconnect with Northern States Power’s 69-kV transmission system. The targeted commercial operation date for the wind farm is Dec. 31, 2015. 

The Interconnection Studies required by Attachment X of the MISO Tariff are currently being performed. After completion of the studies, negotiations will ensue among the three parties on a Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) or Provisional Generator Interconnection Agreement (PGIA). The agreement filed with FERC on March 13 allows grid interconnect work to be undertaken prior to the completion of those negotiations.

A developer contact listed in the agreement is: Trishe Wind Minnesota LLC, Attn: Matthias Weigel, 5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 700, Minneapolis, MN 55416.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in December 2014 approved the transfer of a site permit for this project from Lake Country Wind Energy LLC to Trishe Wind Minnesota. In February 2011, the commission issued a site permit to Lake Country Wind Energy for this project. Construction was initiated in December 2013 with construction of the substation foundation. But that work was then halted due to financial issues. Trishe in 2014 got this project out of a bankruptcy case involving the original developer.

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