MISO withdraws termination notice for Courtenay Wind project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on May 4 told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it is withdrawing its March 24 notice of termination of a Generator Interconnection Agreement with Courtenay Wind Farm LLC and transmission owner Otter Tail Power.

The project has been designated as Project No. J262/J263. “Courtenay had breached its obligations under the Interconnection Agreement by failing to pay required Milestone payments,” MSO wrote. “MISO has recently been notified by Otter Tail that the breach has been cured. Accordingly, pursuant to the Commission’s Lakeswind precedent, MISO hereby moves to withdraw the Notice of Termination submitted by it in this proceeding. Withdrawal under Section 35.17(a) of this Commission’s regulations is appropriate because the Notice of Termination has not yet become effective and no Commission order has yet been issued on the filing.”

MISO didn’t go into any further detail in the FERC filing.

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) announced April 30 that it wants to take over this 200-MW wind farm project in North Dakota and on April 30 applied with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, through subsidiary Northern States Power, for approval of that plan. The Courtenay Wind Farm was previously identified for acquisition under a power purchase agreement (PPA) through the company’s February 2013 Request for Proposals for additional wind resources. The Minnesota commission approved the PPA in December 2013.

“Due to changed circumstances described in the enclosed Petition, the Company seeks to purchase the Courtenay Project from Courtenay Wind Farm LLC and develop, construct, own, and operate it for the benefit of our customers,” said the April 30 application to the Minnesota commission. “The proposed transaction will be in the form of the acquisition of a limited liability company (Courtenay Wind Farm LLC), the subsidiary of Courtenay Wind LLC that holds all the assets of the facility. The Company then plans to merge the LLC into Northern States Power Company and take over development of the project directly.”

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