North Dakota PSC plans Oct. 8 hearing on 150-MW Lindahl Wind project

The North Dakota Public Service Commission said in an Aug. 24 notice that it will hold an Oct. 8 hearing in Tioga, N.D., on a recent application from Lindahl Wind Project LLC for a certificate of site compatibility to construct the 150-MW Lindahl Wind Farm Project in Williams County.

The commission said it finds the application is complete conditioned upon filing final wind turbine locations at least ten days before hearing. 

An administrative law judge was named on July 20 at the North Dakota commission to handle the July 7 application from Lindahl Wind Project.

The project will cover an approximately 13,000-acre project area located about four miles north of Tioga in Williams County. 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.

Said the July 7 application: “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.”

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