NextEra’s 99-MW Oliver Wind III project due for start-up in late 2016

Oliver Wind III LLC, which is building a wind project in North Dakota, on Aug. 29 applied with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to make market-based sales of energy, capacity and certain ancillary services under a market-based rate tariff.

Oliver Wind III will own, control and operate a wind facility with a nameplate capacity of approximately 99.3 MW located in Oliver County, North Dakota, within the Midcontinent ISO BAA. It is party to a generator interconnection agreement with MISO and Minnkota Power Cooperative. The company has submitted a notice of self-certification as an exempt wholesale generator to the commission.

This project’s capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 35-year contract with Minnkota Power Cooperative for an initial term ending in 2051. The facility is expected to start producing test energy in November or December 2016.

Applicant is a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of ESI Energy LLC, which is part of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which is under NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

NextEra companies and their affiliates operating in the MISO market include:

  • FPL Energy Oliver Wind LLC, which owns and operates a 50.6-MW wind facility located in Oliver County, North Dakota, which is located in the MISO BAA. All of its capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 25-year contract with Minnesota Power, with an initial term ending in 2031.
  • FPL Energy Oliver Wind II LLC, which owns and operates a 48-MW wind facility ln Oliver County, North Dakota, which is located in the MISO BAA. All of this capacity is fully committed on a firm basis through a 25-year contract with Minnesota Power, with an initial term ending in 2032.
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