FERC accepts interconnect deal for 200-MW Red Pine Wind project in Minnesota

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on April 16 accepted a March 3 filing by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator of a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Red Pine Wind Project LLC and transmission owner Northern States Power for a wind project in Minnesota.

This wind project is rated at 200 MW gross and 200 MW net. It is composed of 125 General Electric 1.6 xle wind turbines, nominally rated at 1.6 MW each. The project is located in Lincoln County, Minnesota. It is designated as Project No. H081 in MISO’s interconnection queue.

The Red Pine Wind Substation will contain one generator step-up transformer rated 135/179/233 MVA OA/FA/FA MVA, one 345-kV circuit breaker connected to Northern States Power’s new 345 kV Interconnection Substation via a three-mile-long 345-kV line.

The commercial operation target date under the GIA is Dec. 31, 2020.

A project contact listed in the MISO filing is: Red Pine Wind Project LLC, Tom Whitaker, 3760 State Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. That is the address of Infinity Wind Power, which says about Whitaker on its website: “Tom Whitaker joined Infinity in September 2008 and brought with him a wide array of engineering experience. His career has spanned from conducting aerospace composites research with the Boeing Corporation to work in both design and project management of engineering projects in the offshore oil industry.”

The Red Pine project is listed on the Infinity Wind Power website in a section on in-development projects. Said the website about the company itself: “The founders established Infinity to provide landowners the opportunity to participate in the renewable energy industry, and more specifically, with wind energy projects. Infinity’s primary focus is to identify prospective wind energy project sites and perform the work necessary to develop viable projects for delivery to market. This work includes market analysis, site acquisition, meteorological studies, permitting and environmental reviews, transmission interconnection capabilities, project economics and financial analysis.”

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