MISO files facilities deal for 200-MW Courtenay Wind project in North Dakota

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, on behalf of Otter Tail Power, filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Facilities Service Agreement between Otter Tail Power and Northern States Power related to MISO Project No. J262/J263.

In September 2014, Otter Tail Power, as transmission owner, Courtenay Wind Farm LLC as the interconnection customer, and MISO, as transmission provider, entered into a Generator Interconnection Agreement to accommodate a 200-MW wind project in North Dakota. Courtenay Wind Farm LLC then assigned the J262/J263 GIA to Northern States Power pursuant to its merger into Northern States Power, with Northern States Power as the surviving entity post-merger.

In September 2015, after a restudy, Otter Tail Power, Northern States Power and MISO entered into an Amended and Restated J262/J263 GIA to remove certain facilities that were no longer required. On May 18, 2016, the parties again entered into an Amended and Restated J262/J263 GIA to address changes to the facility study which identified, among other things, different Interconnection Facilities and Network Upgrades. The Network Upgrades were substantially completed on June 23, 2016.

Because Otter Tail Power has elected to self-fund and funded the Network Upgrades, it will recover these costs from Northern States Power through a monthly charge established through this FSA. The cost of the Network Upgrades incurred through July 31, 2016, is $8,275,809.48.

Said the website of Northern States Power parent Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) about this project: "We are in the process of building a 200-megawatt wind farm near Courtenay, N.D. in Stutsman County. The project involves construction of 100 wind turbines situated on nearly 25,000 acres of property leased from approximately 60 landowners. The Courtenay Wind Farm Project also includes a 17-mile, 115-kilovolt overhead transmission line that will connect the wind farm to the existing Otter Tail Power substation west of Highway 20. When complete at the end of 2016, the facility will generate enough electricity to power about 105,000 homes."

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