200-MW Blazing Star Wind project in Minnesota advances in review process

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in an Oct. 28 found that a Sept. 2 application from Blazing Star Wind Farm LLC for a site permit on a 200-MW project in Lincoln County is complete, clearing the way for a full review of the project.

As part of this next phase, the commission will:

  • require the applicant, prior to a public information meeting, to provide the additional information and make the changes to the application requested by the state Department of Commerce;
  • combine, to the extent practicable, the site permit application review process with the certificate of need application review process; and
  • refer the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings for development of the record.

The Minnesota commission on Sept. 19 had approved a July 20 application from Blazing Star Wind Farm for a certificate of need application for this project as being substantially complete and ready for further commission and public review. 

Blazing Star told the commission in the July 20 application that it had not made a final selection on wind turbine generators, but is proposing to utilize between 57 and 100 turbines ranging from 2 MW to 3.5 MW in size.

The project will interconnect at the new Brookings to Lyon County 345-kV line, one of the lines designated by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator as a Multi Value Project. Blazing Star plans to construct the project on a schedule that facilitates an in-service date in 2018.

Blazing Star’s parent, Geronimo Energy LLC, is a utility-scale renewable energy developer headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with satellite offices located in southwest Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Michigan.

A project contact is: Patrick Smith, Blazing Star Wind Farm LLC, Geronimo Energy LLC, 7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 725, Edina, Minnesota 55435, (952) 988-9000.

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