NextEra’s Oliver Wind III seeks okay for 100-MW project in North Dakota

Oliver Wind III LLC, a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, applied March 4 at the North Dakota Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Site Compatibility to construct the 100-MW Oliver III Wind Energy Center.

The proposed project is located in Oliver and Morton counties, North Dakota, and will have a nameplate capacity of approximately 100 MW, consisting of up to 48 wind turbines using both General Electric (GE) 2.1 MW and GE 1.79 MW Xle wind turbine generators. Additional facilities include access roads, electrical collection systems and cabling, a collection substation, an operation and maintenance (O&M) building, meteorological towers, and a construction laydown area.

The project will interconnect to the electrical grid via a tap to the existing Minnkota Power Cooperative Center-to-Mandan 230-kV overhead transmission line. This site is located approximately 14 miles south, southeast of the City of Center, North Dakota. The 4.5-mile transmission line must be permitted separately and Oliver Wind III submitted a separate application for a Certificate of Corridor Compatibility and Route Permit for the line and associated switchyard.

In 2012, the North Dakota PSC issued a Certificate of Site Compatibility for an Energy Conversion Facility to Oliver Wind III for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a wind energy facility known as the Oliver Wind III Energy Center to be located in Morton County, North Dakota. This project not been constructed. Due to significant changes in the wind energy center and associated facilities as proposed in this application; Oliver Wind III respectfully requests that the proposed wind energy center and associated facilities as set forth in this March 4 application be substituted for and supersede those previously approved in that case.

Assuming a net capacity factor of 55.3 percent, the projected average annual output is estimated at 484,428 MW hours per year. The commercial operation date is dependent upon permitting, equipment deliveries, and other development activities. Oliver Wind III is targeting site construction to begin in July 2016 provided all pre-construction permits and approvals have been obtained.  Oliver Wind III is responsible for undertaking all

Oliver Wind III has ordered all long-lead equipment for the proposed project, including substation equipment, and transformers, and has a purchase order in place with GE for the wind turbines.

Oliver Wind III anticipates testing to begin in November 2016. Oliver Wind III anticipates commercial operation of the proposed project to occur by December 2016. Oliver Wind III has no specific plans for expansions of the project at this time.

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