Flat Hill ends pursuit, at least for now, of 201-MW wind project in Minnesota

Flat Hill Windpark I LLC, formerly known as Noble Flat Hill Windpark I LLC, on July 7 notified the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that it has served a Notice of Cancellation regarding permits for its 201-MW wind project to affected landowners.

Said the notice to landowners: “You are receiving this letter because you own property within the project boundary of the proposed Flat Hill Windpark I Project in Clay County, MN (the ‘Project’) and you entered into a Windpark Easement Agreement with Flat Hill Windpark I, LLC, formerly Noble Flat Hill Windpark I, LLC (‘Flat Hill’). This letter is to inform you that Flat Hill has decided to cancel the Project.

“On May 18, 2016, Flat Hill requested that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (‘PUC’) cancel the Site Permit, Route Permit, and Certificate of Need issued to the Project (the ‘Permits’), and at its hearing on May 25, 2016, the PUC granted Flat Hill’s request to cancel the Permits. The cancellation of the Permits will be effective upon the date specified in the written order to be issued by the PUC.

“If Flat Hill decides to pursue the Project again in the future, it will have to re-apply to the PUC for all necessary authorizations, and enter into new agreements with landowners.”

Project contact information is: Flat Hill Windpark I LLC, 1401 McKinney Street, Suite 1800, Houston, TX 77010, (713) 485-8670.

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