New company to take on 172-MW Antelope Hills wind project in North Dakota

Antelope Hills Wind Project LLC and West Branch Wind Project LLC applied Nov. 15 at the North Dakota Public Service Commission for a transfer to West Branch of a Certificate of Corridor Compatibility and Route Permit issued in one case, and a Certificate of Site Compatibility issued in another case, to Antelope Hills.

In January 2015, the commission approved construction, operation and maintenance of a proposed 345-kV transmission line and associated facilities in Mercer County, North Dakota. In December 2014, the commission authorized construction of up to 86 wind turbines totalling 172 MW of total generating capacity, which was called the Antelope Hills Wind Energy Project. Antelope Hills and West Branch said in the Nov. 15 application that none of the authorized facilities have been constructed so far.

Attached to the application was an affidavit from Matt Riley, the manager of Infinity Wind Holdings LLC, which is the sole member of West Branch Wind Project LLC. The PSC docket shows no action on the Nov. 15 application as of Nov. 28.

The December 2014 commission approval said the project will have a nameplate capacity of up to 172 MW and will consist of either Siemens 2.3-108, Vestas V-100 or Vestas V-110 turbines.

  • For the Siemens 2.3-108 turbines, the project layout consists of a total of 92 potential locations of which 75 represent primary turbine locations and 17 alternate locations.
  • For the Vestas V-100 turbines, the layout consists of a total of 105 potential locations of which 86 represent primary turbine locations and 19 alternate locations.
  • For the Vestas V-110 turbines, the layout consists of a total of 92 potential locations, of which 86 represent primary turbine locations and six alternate locations.

At the substation, the project will interconnect with the 345-kV transmission line, which will be approximately 9.5 miles long and extend to Basin Electric Power Cooperative‘s Antelope Valley Station.

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