Rolette Power eyes 2017 construction start on 100-MW wind project in North Dakota

Rolette Power Development LLC told the North Dakota Public Service Commission, in a Ten Year Plan for years 2016 through 2026 filed on June 28, that it plans to develop a 100.4-MW wind project that would be operational by the end of 2020.

Rolette Power is owned jointly by MPower LLC and Border Power LLC. It is developing an up to 100.4-MW energy conversion facility known as the Rolette Wind Energy Project, to be located south and west of the City of Rolette in Rolette County, North Dakota.

In June 2015, Rolette County issued a Conditional Use Permit for the project. In November 2015, the North Dakota PSC granted a Certificate of Site Compatibility for the project. Rolette Power said it plans to begin construction before the end of 2017, with an anticipated in-service date before the end of 2020.

A specific point of interconnection to the grid has not yet been identified. However, the company anticipates that it will interconnect to the grid via one of three potential points:

  • the Rugby-Glenboro 230-kV transmission line owned by Otter Tail Power (OTP);
  • the Rolette-Rugby 115-kV transmission line owned by OTP; or
  • the Rolette 115-kV Substation owned by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).

A 230-kV or a 115-kV generation-interconnection transmission line between two and six miles in length will need to be constructed to interconnect the project to the grid, depending on which point of interconnection is selected.

Other than this wind project and potentially an associated generation-interconnection transmission line, Rolette Power said it does not own or operate, or have plans to construct, own, or operate, any generation or transmission facilities.

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