MISO files revised interconnect deal for 200-MW Courtenay wind project in N.D.

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 18 an Amended and Restated Generator Interconnection Agreement related to the purchase by Northern States Power of the unbuilt, 200-MW Courtenay Wind Farm project from a prior developer.

The agreement is among Northern States Power and interconnecting transmission owner Otter Tail Power. MISO has designated this project as Project No. J262/J263 in its interconnection queue.

In September 2014, MISO filed the original interconnection agreement. On March 24, MISO filed a notice of termination for the original agreement. “Northern States Power Company is the successor in interest to Courtenay Wind Farm, LLC pursuant to the purchase of Courtenay Wind Farm, LLC by Northern States Power Company and the subsequent merger of Courtenay Wind Farm, LLC into and the survival of Northern States Power Company,” MISO noted.

This filing, besides the change in project ownership, also updates the original agreement to reflect the completion of the June 2015 Interconnection Studies.

This project will interconnect into Otter Tail’s Jamestown 345/115/41.6 kV substation located in Stutsman County, North Dakota. The maximum net megawatt electrical output of the wind facility will be 200 MW as measured at the Point of Interconnection. The project consists of 100 Vestas V100-2.0 MW Mk7 turbines. 

The revised GIA calls for a commercial operation date of Nov. 23, 2016.

In other recent developments for this project:

  • Vestas Wind Systems A/S said Sept. 11 that it has received a firm and unconditional order for 100 of its V100-2.0 MW wind turbines to power the Courtenay project. The order, placed by Northern States Power parent Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), includes supply and commissioning of the wind turbines as well as a three-year Active Output Management (AOM) 4000 service agreement.
  • The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Sept. 2 issued a final written order approving this buy, which said: “The Company reported that the project had become non-viable for Geronimo Energy, in large part because Geronimo did not ultimately qualify for state tax benefits on which its pricing structure depended. The Company reported that the project remained viable if the Company acquired it, in part because the Company had other North Dakota holdings that permitted it to qualify for the state tax benefits denied Geronimo. In fact, the Company projected that buying, owning, and operating the wind farm would result in ratepayer savings of $222,000,000 over its 25-year life, compared with the costs of not completing the purchase.”
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