Odell Wind seeks exempt generator status for 200-MW project in Minnesota

Odell Wind Farm LLC, which is developing a 200-MW project in Minnesota, on Sept. 9 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification of its status as an exempt wholesale generator.

The company’s sole and managing member is Odell Holdings LLC, with its sole and managing member in turn being Odell SponsorCo LLC. Odell SponsorCo has two members with an equal 50% interest: Enel Kansas LLC and Algonquin Power (Odell Holdings) Inc.

Applicant intends to install a 200-MW wind facility located in Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin and Watonwan counties, Minnesota. Under a Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) filed with FERC in October 2014, the facility will interconnect with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator system.

Odell Wind has entered into a power purchase agreement with the Northern States Power unit of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL). Under the power purchase agreement, Northern States will purchase 100% of all energy, renewable energy credits (RECs), and installed capacity produced by or available from the facility. Power from the facility will be transmitted to the Point of Interconnection over a generator lead line that is approximately nine miles long.

A project contact is: David Cheung Atkinson, Business Development Specialist, Algonquin Power Co., Agent for Odell Wind Farm LLC, 354 Davis Road, Suite 100, Oakville, Ontario L6J 2X1, Phone: (905) 465-6700, david.cheung-atkinson@algonquinpower.com.

Odell Wind on Sept. 9 also filed with FERC an application for approval of market-based rate authority. That filing said this project has an in-service date in 2015, but didn’t narrow it down beyond that.

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