Trishe ends 41-MW wind project in Minnesota; says it may go bigger

Trishe Resources Inc. sent a brief Dec. 1 letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission saying it is allowing to lapse an approval for the 41-MW Trishe Wind Minnesota project in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties, Minnesota.

Said the letter: “The Site Permit for the Trishe Wind Minnesota, LLC (TWM) project (Docket No. IP 6846/WS-10-798) will be expiring on December 3, 2016. With this letter, TWM wishes to inform the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (Commission) that it will be allowing the permit expire and will not be requesting a further permit extension.

“For a number of reasons, moving forward with the currently permitted 41 MW project is not economically or logistically feasible. The interconnect costs alone made the economics unworkable for the 41 MW project. Other factors such as newer turbine technology, current wholesale energy pricing, and uncertainty of Production Tax Credits were factors.

“TWM does, however, remain very interested in developing a Large Wind Energy Conversion System (LWECS) project of larger size and using newer turbine technology within the TWM Site Permit area. TWM is currently working on expanded site control and new plans for such a project. In the coming months, we will be in contact with your group regarding future permitting efforts as plans for this larger project unfold.”

Company contact information is: Randall Washington, Managing Director, Trishe Resources, 5775 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 700, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.

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