MISO files GIA for 200-MW Crowned Ridge Wind project in South Dakota

The Midcontinent Independent System Operator filed on Jan. 6 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an unexecuted Amended and Restated Generator Interconnection Agreement with Crowned Ridge Wind LLC and interconnecting transmission owner Otter Tail Power for a 200-MW project.

MISO has designated this as Project No. G736 in its interconnection queue. On Jan. 8, 2016, the parties executed the original GIA for the project.

This wind farm is planned for Codington, Duel, and Grant counties in South Dakota, near Otter Tail Power’s Big Stone South substation. The Big Stone South substation is located in Grant County.

The maximum net electrical output of the proposed facility will be 200 MW as measured at the Point of Interconnection (POI). The project consists of 112 General Electric 1.79MW-100RD wind turbines. The POI is where the project company’s 230-kV line interconnects to the 230-kV bus at the Big Stone South substation.

Under this GIA, Dec. 31, 2017, is the targeted commercial operation date.

Project contact information in the GIA is: Crowned Ridge Wind LLC, Midwest Business Manager, 700 Universe Boulevard, Juno Beach, Florida 33408. That is an address for NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE).

Notable is that at different points in the GIA, the project company is referred to as both “Crown Ridge Wind LLC” and “Crowned Ridge Wind LLC.” The word “Crowned” seems to be the most prevalent, including use on a project map in the GIA, so that is the form of the word used for this story.

An August 2016 map from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, which covers existing and planned wind projects in the state, refers to a Crowned Ridge project as being in the planning stage.

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