Red Butte Wind working on 200-MW project in North Dakota

Red Butte Wind LLC and Red Butte Transmission Line LLC filed a June 21 report with the North Dakota Public Service Commission saying that they are planning to develop the Red Butte Windfarm Project and an associated transmission line.

The project will be located in Oliver County, North Dakota, west-northwest of Center, North Dakota. The planned maximum potential capacity is estimated to be approximately 200 MW. The final output will depend upon the ultimate selection of the turbines to be sited.

Red Butte anticipates the in-serviee date for the project to be in the fourth quarter of 2018. The transmission line would extend between the wind project’s substation in Oliver County and one of three potential interconnection points in either Mercer County or Oliver County:

  • connecting directly to the Great River Energy substation located approximately 3.3 miles southeast of Stanton, North Dakota, in Mercer County;
  • connecting directly to the Basin Electric Power Cooperative substation located approximately 3.9 miles southeast of Stanton, North Dakota in Mercer County; or
  • tapping directly into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator-operated transmission line located approximately 3.2 miles northeast of Center, North Dakota, in Oliver County.

The transmission line is anticipated to be 230 kV in size and between 11 and 17 miles in length, depending on the final route selected.

Red Butte does not have any plans to construct, own or operate any generation or transmission facilities in North Dakota other than this wind project and this transmission line at this time.

Red Butte said it has retained a qualified environmental consulting firm to evaluate the proposed wind project site and transmission line corridor and route. Red Butte is studying which regional utilities may have a need for the wind energy capacity produced by the project, and to identify various options for transmitting the output to the identified utilities’ respective loads.

Red Butte said it has also initiated discussions with other parties who may potentially benefit from the project, depending upon the ultimate transmission interconnection selection. Red Butte has begun studies with both the MISO and the Southwest Power Pool for potential interconnection of the wind project at the interconnection points discussed above.

The filing, prepared by a legal firm in Minnesota, doesn’t say who is backing the Red Butte companies. North Dakota Secretary of State corporate records show this contact information for Red Butte Wind: 618 2nd Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414-1100, phone (612) 331-1486. That is contact information for PRC Wind, which says about itself on its website: “PRC is a Minnesota company that has been developing renewable energy projects in the Midwest U.S. since 1997. Operating projects developed by PRC total more than 1,600 MW of capacity. The PRC team includes personnel with substantial project management and development experience. The team maintains a strong network of development services to successfully complete quality wind energy projects. PRC is headed up by Paul White, President, with 20 years experience in the industry, including manufacture, sales, project development, finance, construction and energy policy.”

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