Xcel approved for renewable credits for newly-operational Courtenay Wind project

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on Dec. 16 approved a Dec. 1 application from Northern States Power Co.-Wisconsin (NSPW) to certify the Courtenay Wind Farm in North Dakota as a renewable energy facility.

This 200-MW wind facility was placed in service on Dec. 1 and is owned by Northern States Power and operated by Northern States Power parent Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL).

Said the Dec. 16 approval: “The Courtenay Wind Farm facility has met the Commission’s criteria for certification as a renewable facility specified in Wis. Admin. Code §§ PSC 118.03(1) and 118.05 because: 1) electricity is generated using a renewable resource; 2) the applicant has completed the Renewable Facility Registration Report, Form 6025; and 3) the applicant has demonstrated that the facility’s output is physically metered.

“NSPW shall be entitled to the renewable resource credits and other environmental attributes associated with the energy generated by the Courtenay Wind Farm to the extent Wisconsin retail customers have paid for the energy, renewable resource credits and other environmental attributes from that facility, consistent with the Interchange Agreement between NSPW and Northern States Power Company-Minnesota as approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. For purposes of this Order, environmental attributes include, but are not limited to, any environmental credits, benefits, emissions reductions, offsets, allowances, or other benefits created under any existing or future statutory or regulatory scheme by virtue of the facility’s actual energy production or the facility’s energy production capability because of the facility’s environmental or renewable characteristics or attributes. If NSPW sells or transfers any renewable resource credits or environmental attributes to which it is entitled, it shall, in accordance with Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 116.02(1)(g) and (h), include any resulting credits in its calculation of fuel costs.”

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