Oliver Wind III LLC, in a Nov. 4 filing of its decommissioning plan for the 99.3-MW Oliver Wind III Wind Energy Center in Morton and Oliver counties, North Dakota, told the North Dakota Public Service Commission that the project is due to be operational in December of this year.
The project has been approved already by the commission, with the decomissioning plan filing being a routine part of the commission’s mandates. Oliver Wind III is comprised of 43 General Electric 2.1 MW wind turbine generators and five GE 1.79 MW Xle wind turbine generators. The turbines have an anticipated useful life of at least 35 years. Upgrades based on new technology may allow the wind facility to produce efficiently and successfully well beyond this period of time, the filing noted.
Oliver Wind III LLC is a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), which had more than 45,000 MW of generating capacity as of year-end 2015.