EDF – Merricourt Wind Farm 150 MW – North Dakota - Project Profile
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The EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF), formerly known as EnXco, Inc is planning to undertake the Merricourt Wind Farm project in North Dakota, the US.
The project involves the construction of a 150MW wind farm.
The project will include the installation of 75 Vestas V100 2MW wind turbines, the construction of access roads, an underground electrical collection system, a collector substation and supporting operations and maintenance facility.
In May 2009, the project received approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and in August 2009, the North Dakota Public Service Commission approved the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
The company has received the Certificate of Site Compatibility from the North Dakota Public Service Commission in June 2011, which is valid for four years.
In April 2013, a federal judge has vindicated Xcel Energy Inc. for it's 2011 decision to cancel a US$400 million wind farm in North Dakota that posed a potential risk to two protected birds.
EDF needs to get a buyer for the power purchase as well as a key federal permit allowing limited, accidental killing of the rare birds to make the project move forward.
Earlier, the project was proposed to build using 75 General Electric 2MW wind turbines, however, it was switched to 75 Vestas V100 2MW wind turbines in March 2015.
In May 2015, the project received conditional approval.
As of August 2015, EDF is in the process of obtaining incidental take permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other approvals.
On March 4, 2016, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) terminated the project's grid contract as EDF failed to meet the December 1, 2015, deadline to start commercial operation.
The project was placed on hold, however, the plans were revived in the fourth quarter of 2016.
In November 2016, EDF signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with Otter Tail Power Company. EDF will complete the construction of the wind farm and Otter Tail will take possession upon completion of the wind farm.
In April 2017, Otter Tail Power Company has filed an advance determination of prudence and a certificate of convenience and necessity for the project with the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC).
On June 28, 2017, the Public Service Commission hearing for the project was postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
Foundation works are anticipated to commence in September 2018 and turbine installation to start in June 2019.
The project involves the construction of a 150MW wind farm in North Dakota, the US.
The US$250 million project includes the following:
1. Installation of 75 Vestas V100 2MW wind turbines
2. Construction of access roads
3. Construction of an underground electrical collection system
4. Construction of a collector substation
5. Construction of supporting operations and maintenance facility
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