Commercial operation date pushed back into 2016 for Black Oak Wind project

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator on July 29 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an Amended and Restated Generator Interconnection Agreement with Black Oak Wind LLC and transmission owner Northern States Power that pushes back by a few months the commercial operation target date for Black Oak Wind’s 78-MW project in Minnesota.

On September 2014, MISO filed the original interconnection agreement for this project, with the July 29 filing being the third revision. Under the latest revision, the in-service (backfeed) date is March 1, 2016, and the new commercial operation date is pushed back from a prior Dec. 15, 2015, to a current July 1, 2016.

Black Oak Wind plans a 78-MW wind farm composed of 39 Vestas V110-2.0 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs), nominally rated at 2 MW each. This project is a combination of two prior queue numbers (G858 and H071) issued by MISO.

A project contact is: Black Oak Wind LLC c/o Sempra U.S. Gas & Power LLC, 101 Ash Street, HQ14C, San Diego, CA 92101, Attn: Director–Asset Management, Fax: (619) 696-4906,


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