Enel’s Lindahl Wind Project seeks approval from North Dakota commission

An administrative law judge was named on July 20 at the North Dakota Public Service Commission to handle a July 7 application from Lindahl Wind Project LLC for a Certificate of Site Compatibility for the proposed Lindahl Wind Farm Project.

The project will encompass an approximately 13,000-acre project area located approximately four miles north of the City of Tioga in Williams County, North Dakota. A 39,000-acre study area, which includes the projectaArea, was analyzed for the environmental review to ensure the project area is best positioned to avoid or minimize impacts, the application said.

The project will generate up to 150 MW and will result in the construction of up to 75 wind turbines, depending on the turbine model selected. Additional project facilities include access roads, electrical collection and communication systems and cabling, an operation and maintenance building, permanent meteorological towers, and a substation.

Lindahl Wind also plans to construct a 115-kV generator lead line to facilitate the project’s interconnection, which will be less than 1 mile in length. The proposed line falls outside of the commission’s siting jurisdiction and will be permitted through Williams County and any applicable townships, as necessary.

Lindahl Wind said it has executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The project will interconnect to the grid via the Lindahl Switching Station currently in operation off of 75th Street Northwest in Williams County. The switching station is owned and operated by Burke Divide Electric Cooperative. The current design of the switching station should allow for interconnection of the project with no, or very limited, upgrades to the switching station.

Said the application: “Given the Project’s location in the heart of the Bakken Formation, the Project will help Basin Electric and its members meet the demand for electricity resulting from oil and gas activities in the Bakken oil production region. Tradewind Energy, Inc. (Tradewind), is developing the Project. Tradewind is an independent wind and solar development company based out of Lenexa, Kansas and is recognized as a leader in the renewable energy industry. Tradewind has developed more than 1 gigawatt (GW) of wind power currently in operation and has an additional 4,500 MW of wind and solar power projects under construction or development. Tradewind is financially partnered with Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP).

“Lindahl Wind is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enel Kansas, LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EGP. EGP is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America, with projects operating and under development in 21 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. EGP owns and operates over 90 plants with an installed capacity of almost 2 GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy. EGP supports all aspects of Tradewind’s projects during development.”

North Dakota-based Basin Electric said in December 2014 that it has signed two power purchase agreements, for a total of 300 MW, associated with the development of two new wind projects in North Dakota. The developers are a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC out of Juno Beach, Fla., and Tradewind Energy.

  • NextEra Energy Resources will be developing the Dickinson Wind Energy Center, a 150-MW project near Richardton, N.D.; and
  • Tradewind will develop the Lindahl Wind Project, a 150-MW wind farm near Tioga, N.D.

Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, said at the time that these new wind resources will increase the renewable portion of Basin Electric’s generating portfolio, which includes waste heat, to more than 1,400 MW when combined with other wind commitments made in 2013. “As we develop plans to meet our members’ energy needs, we have not discounted any options that will help keep our member rates low,” Sukut said. “These additional wind purchase opportunities fit nicely into our existing generation portfolio.”

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