Minnesota PUC okays permit transfer for Getty wind project

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in a Sept. 7 order approved a July 20 application from Getty Wind Co. LLC and Black Oak Wind LLC to transfer Getty’s wind-farm site permit to Black Oak.

Getty and Black Oak have been developing adjacent 40-MW wind farms in Stearns County. In October 2011, the companies jointly applied to the commission for a certificate of need for an up-to-82-MW wind farm, stating that they had executed an agreement contemplating that the projects might come under common ownership at a future date. This expectation was fulfilled when, in November 2014, Black Oak acquired Getty as a wholly owned subsidiary.

In their July 2016 permit-transfer application, the companies informed the commission that their parent company, Sempra Energy, plans to merge Getty into Black Oak, such that Black Oak will be the surviving entity, owning all project assets. Power from both projects will be sold to the same purchaser under a single power purchase agreement executed by Black Oak.

Said the Sept. 7 order: “Black Oak has provided all information required by the Commission and has committed to abide by all conditions and requirements in Getty’s permit. The Commission finds that Black Oak will comply with the conditions of Getty’s permit and will therefore authorize Getty to transfer the permit to Black Oak.”

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