Black Oak Wind seeks EWG status for 78-MW project in Minnesota

Black Oak Wind LLC, which is developing a wind farm in Minnesota, on Nov. 13 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator (EWG).

The company will own and operate a wind generation facility capable of producing approximately 78 MW and associated interconnection facilities in Stearns County, Minnesota. The output of the facility will be sold to an unnamed purchaser for resale pursuant to a long-term power purchase agreement.

A listed contact is: Daniel A. King, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power LLC, 488 8th Ave. HQ12S1, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 696-4350,

Black Oak Wind and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Getty Wind Co. LLC, which are controlled by Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in an Oct. 27 update that construction on their combined projects could start this fall. Efforts lately have focused on continued permitting, design, engineering and procurement of turbine equipment and related services required for the projects to reach completion. In addition, Northern States Power completed the needed interconnection upgrades to its Black Oak substation. Northern States Power is currently in the process of rebuilding approximately 10 miles of 69-kV transmission lines on its transmission system to accommodate the projects, the development companies added.

The companies selected a new construction contractor in early October 2015. Construction on the projects is scheduled to continue between late October and December of 2015 or early 2016 before being suspended during the winter months when weather conditions are less suitable for outdoor work. Construction is expected to recommence in April 2016 when road and field conditions are suitable. Delivery of turbines is currently scheduled to begin in June 2016 and the projects are expected to be operational by late 2016.

The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency has contracted for the energy generated from the project for 20 years.

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