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This webpage contains information and documents related to the permitting of this project by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Every project before the Commission has an electronic docket (eDocket), a file folder for all of the project's documents.

Documents for this project are listed below in the File Register, most recent documents first. To view the eDockets record for this project, click on the eDockets link below, or click on the eDockets tab in the File Register. A subset of the record, including key documents with descriptions, is available by clicking on the Energy Facilities tab in the File Register.

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Project Docket

Docket No IP6701/WS-08-1233
Project name Goodhue Wind Project
Applicant Goodhue Wind, LLC
Description Proposed 78 Megawatt Large Wind Energy Conversion System in Goodhue County.
Subjects Environmental policy; Wind power
Location Goodhue County
Docket created: November 04, 2009
Contacts: Larry Hartman, 651-539-1839, Environmental Review Manager.
Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Public Advisor.
Status:
 
11-30-2009
Application accepted
 
05-6-2010
Draft permit issued
 
06-29-2010
Environmental document available
 
07-21-2010
Public hearing
 
08-23-2011
Permit issued
 
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 08-1233
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Project Summary

Goodhue Wind, LLC is proposing to construct and operate a 78 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Goodhue County.  The project will consist of 30 to 52 turbines located in the townships of Belle Creek, Goodhue, Vasa, Minneola, and Zumbrota. 

The proposed Goodhue Wind Project is a large energy facility and requires a site permit and a certificate of need (or an expemption from a certificate of need) from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  Goodhue Wind, LLC has applied to the Commission for these approvals. 

Relevant documents from the siting and certificate of need (CON) processes are included in this project docket (see "File Register" below).

The complete records for the siting and CON processes can be found on the eDockets system at: https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp.  For the site pemit record, search on the year 08 and the number 1233.  For the CON record, search on the year 09 and the number 1186

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
06/20/11 EFP Comments and Recommendations on Site Permit for Goodhue Wind Project | document details
EFP Comments and Recommendations for the Commission's June 30, 2011, meeting, including proposed Findings of Fact and Site Permit
05/04/11 Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendations, by Kathleen Sheehy, ALJ | document details
Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendations concerning applicability of Goodhue County's wind ordinance to the AWA Goodhue Wind project
05/19/10 Draft Site Permit for 78 MW Goodhue Wind Farm in Goodhue County | document details
On May 6, 2010 the Public Utilities Commisison Issued a Draft Site for the Proposed 78 MW Goodhue Wind Farm
File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
02/09/12 EFP Comments and Recommendations | document details
EFP Comments and Recommendations on the Goodhue Wind Avian and Bat Protection Plan
01/24/12 AWA Goodhue, LLC Avian and Bat Protection Plan | document details
Revised Avian and Bat Protection Plan for Goodhue Wind Farm including procedures and protocols for monitoring and reporting.
08/24/11 Order issuing a Site Permit | document details
PUC Order issuing a site permit for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Project
08/23/11 Commission Order Issuing Site Permit as Amended to AWA Goodhue Wind, LLC | document details
Commission Order Issuing Site Permit as Amended to AWA Goodhue Wind, LLC
06/20/11 EFP Comments and Recommendations on Site Permit for Goodhue Wind Project | document details
EFP Comments and Recommendations for the Commission's June 30, 2011, meeting, including proposed Findings of Fact and Site Permit
05/04/11 Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendations, by Kathleen Sheehy, ALJ | document details
Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendations concerning applicability of Goodhue County's wind ordinance to the AWA Goodhue Wind project
01/04/11 Prehearing Order | document details
The judge's prehearing order, identifying specific issues to be addressed in the hearing and a schedule
11/02/10 Commission Order Deferring Decision on Site Permit | document details
Commission order deferring a decision on a site permit and referring the docket to the Office of Administrative Hearings for further development of the record
10/13/10 Comments and Recommendations on Permit Issuance
OES-EFP Comments and Recommendations, Findings of Fact, Site Permit and Exhibit List for Goodhue Wind Project.
09/07/10 Summary of Public Testimony | document details
A summary of the public testimony provided to the administrative law judge regarding the proposed Goodhue Wind Project
06/29/10 Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Report for the Goodhue Wind Project | document details
A public hearing for the proposed Goodhue Wind Project project will be held on July 21, 2010 in Goodhue, Minn. An environmental report and draft site permit, which was previously noticed, also are available. Comments may be submitted to the administrative law judge through August 6, 2010
06/29/10 Environmental Report for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Project
The environmental report for the certificate of need proceeding for the Goodhue Wind Project. The report describes potential human and environmental impacts of the project and alternatives to the project.
05/28/10 Notice of Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Project | document details
The Director of the Office of Energy Security issued the Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Project on May 28, 2010
05/28/10 Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Project | document details
Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Project
05/20/10 Notice of Availability of Draft Site Permit for the Proposed 78 MW Goodhue Wind Farm Project | document details
Draft LWECS Site Permit for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Farm was issued by the Public Utilities Commission on May 6, 2010, and is available for review and comment
05/19/10 Draft Site Permit for 78 MW Goodhue Wind Farm in Goodhue County | document details
On May 6, 2010 the Public Utilities Commisison Issued a Draft Site for the Proposed 78 MW Goodhue Wind Farm
04/08/10 OES Staff Comments and Recommendations to the Commission on Issuance of a Draft Site Permit for the Goodhue Wind Project | document details
Comments of OES staff, recommending that a draft site permit be issued for the Goodhue Wind Project. Includes: (1) comments and recommendations, (2) draft site permit
04/06/10 Public Comments on Site Permit Application and Development of a Draft Site Permit | document details
Public comments received on the site permit application for the Goodhue Wind Project, including issues that should be considered in development of a draft site permit.
03/18/10 Public Comments from AWA Goodhue, LLC, Environmental Report Scoping Meeting on March 4, 2010 | document details
Public Comments from AWA Goodhue, LLC, Environmental Report Scoping Meeting on March 4, 2010
02/12/10 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meeting for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Project | document details
OES will hold a Public Information and Environmental Report Scoping Meeting on March 4, 2010, for the 78 MW Goodhue Wind Project. Comments will be accepted through March 26, 2010
12/18/09 OES Notice of Goodhue Wind Application Acceptance | document details
OES Notice of site permit application acceptance seeking public comment on the application until January 22, 2010
11/30/09 Site Permit Application Acceptance Order | document details
Commission order accepting the Goodhue Wind Project Site Permit Application for a Large Wind Energy Conversion System (LWECS) and requiring a Certificate of Need
11/20/09 OES Comments and Recommendations | document details
Comments and recommendations of the OES to the Commission recommending acceptance of the Goodhue Wind Project application
11/20/09 Supplemental Comments and Recommendations: Variance Request | document details
The OES requests a variance to extend the time required to issue a permit for the Goodhue Wind Project for adequate review of the Certificate of Need
11/05/09 Goodhue Wind Project Site Permit Application
Site permit application submitted to the Public Utilities Commission for a 78 MW wind farm in Goodhue County.

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