MISO works out engineering deal for 151-MW wind project in Michigan

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator on Nov. 11 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an engineering design and materials procurement agreement with Michigan Wind 3 LLC and International Transmission Co.

Michigan Wind 3 plans to own and construct a wind farm in Bridgehampton, Marion, Washington and Custer townships, all in Sanilac County, Michigan, which will consist of sixty three Nordex N117 wind turbine generators, with a total output of 151.2 MW (all as may be modified in the final design by Michigan Wind 3). This generating facility is presently expected to interconnect to the 345-kV transmission system owned by International Transmission.

The purpose of this agreement is get the interconnection process going while the terms of a Generator Interconnection Agreement (GIA) are negotiated and finalized. International Transmission agrees to use reasonable efforts to complete the work to support the project in-service date of Sept. 15, 2016, and commercial operation date of Dec. 31, 2016. The parties anticipate that a GIA will be entered into in the first quarter of 2016.

The agreement is signed by Richard S. Free as Vice President of Michigan Wind 3 LLC.

Michigan’s Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative announced Oct. 29 that it has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Exelon Generation for 153 MW of new wind generation in Michigan’s Thumb region in the Lower Peninsula. The wind power for Wolverine will be supplied from the Michigan Wind 3 project, located in Sanilac County. Exelon is scheduled to begin construction on the project in spring 2016 and begin commercial operation by December 2016.

“Wolverine is excited about the addition of Michigan Wind 3 to its portfolio,” said Eric Baker, President and CEO of Wolverine, in the Oct. 29 statement. “This project positions Wolverine favorably with significant renewable generation. When Michigan Wind 3 is complete, Wolverine expects to have more than 350 MW of wind generation in its portfolio, meaning Michigan cooperatives will achieve a 30 percent renewable level.”

“We’re pleased to partner with Wolverine to provide clean energy to its members and to continue to grow our clean energy portfolio,” said Corey Hessen, vice president, Exelon Generation Development. “The Michigan Wind 3 project allows us to expand our wind generation presence inMichigan, increasing our fleet capacity in the state to more than 550 MW. Furthermore, Michigan Wind 3 is an investment in the future of the Sanilac County communities and will provide a boost to local economies through jobs, taxes and community spending.”

Wolverine is a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Cadillac, Michigan.

Exelon Generation parent Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets.

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