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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.

For more information about participating in the permitting of this project, click on the How to Participate tab, or contact the environmental review manager or public advisor listed below.

Project Docket

Docket No IP-6830/WS-10-49
Project name Paynesville Wind, LLC
Applicant Geronimo Wind Energy, LLC; Paynesville Wind, LLC
Description Proposed 95 megawatt Large Wind Energy Conversion System in Stearns County
Subjects Environmental policy; Wind power
Location Stearns County
Docket created: February 04, 2010
Contacts: Larry Hartman, 651-539-1839, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
03-9-2010
Application accepted
 
06-4-2010
Draft permit issued
 
08-25-2010
Public meeting
 
01-26-2011
Permit issued
 
02-7-2013
Permit Amended
 
07-7-2015
Docket closed
 
07-7-2015
Project not built
eDockets 10-49
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Project Summary

NOTE: On July 7, 2015, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission revoked Paynesville Wind, LLC site permit to erect wind turbines in Stearns County, Minnesota, because the company has not secured an enforceable agreement to sell the project's power and has not begun construction.

Paynesville Wind, LLC has proposed to construct a 95 megawatt (MW) Large Wind Energy Conversion System (LWECS) consisting of up to 63 turbines and associated facilities on approximately 15,000 acres, which make up the project area, in Stearns County, Minnesota. 

The proposed project is a large energy facility and requires a site permit and a Certificate of Need (CN) from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.  The site permit and CN were issued to Paynesville Wind, LLC on January 26, 2011.  Please see the file register below for relevant documents in the site permit process.   

The complete record for the site permit and the CN can be found on eDockets at: https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp.  For the site permit record, search on the year 10 and the number 49.  For the CON record, search on the year 09 and the number 1110

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
07/07/15 Commission Order | document details
Commission order revoking Paynesville Wind, LLC site permit to erect wind turbines in Stearns county
06/12/15 Notice of PUC Meeting | document details
Notice of PUC Meeting to consider revoking Paynesville Wind, LLC LWECS Site Permit
06/05/15 Paynesville Wind, LLC Letter to PUC | document details
Paynesville Wind, LLC Response to 5-8-15 PUC Letter
05/08/15 PUC Letter to Paynesville Wind, LLC | document details
Letter Requesting Paynesville Wind, LLC to Demonstrate Permit Compliance
02/11/13 Commission Order | document details
Commission Order Granting Amended Site Permit to Paynesville Wind for a 95 MW LWECS
11/09/12 DOC EFP Comments and Recommendations | document details
DOC staff Comments and Recommendations on Request of Paynesville Wind for Permit Extension
10/10/12 Notice of Comment Period on Request of Paynesville Wind to extend Site Permit | document details
Commission Notice of Comment Period on Request of Paynesville Wind, LLC to Extend the In-Service Date of its Site Permit for the 95 MW Paynesvilles Wind Farm
10/10/12 Site Permit Extension Request of Paynesville Wind | document details
Request of Paynesville Wind, LLC to extend its Site Permit for the 95 MW Paynesville Wind Farm
01/26/11 PUC Order issuing a Site Permit to Paynesville Wind, LLC
Order, Findings of Fact, Exhibit List, and Site Permit for the 95 MW Paynesville Wind Farm in Stearns County
11/17/10 Comments and Recommendations on Permit Issuance
OES-EFP Comments and Recommendations, Findings of Fact, Site Permit, and Exhibit List for Paynesville Wind Farm
08/12/10 Environmental Report for the 95 MW Paynesville Wind Farm
The environmental report for the certificate of need proceeding for the Paynesville Wind Farm. The report describes potential human and environmental impacts of the project and alternatives to the project.
08/12/10 Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of Environmental Report for the Paynesville Wind Farm | document details
A public hearing for the proposed Paynesville Wind Farm will be held on August 25, 2010 in Paynesville, MN. An environmental report and draft site permit, which was previously noticed, are available. Comments may be submitted to the administrative law judge through September 8, 2010
06/16/10 Notice of Availability of Draft Site Permit for the Paynesville Wind Farm | document details
The draft site permit for the Paynesville Wind Farm is available for review and comment. Written comments are accepted at least through July 2010.
06/08/10 Draft Site Permit for Paynesville Wind, LLC | document details
Draft Site Permit for the Paynesville Wind Farm in Stearns County
06/08/10 Public Utilities Commission Order Regarding Draft Site Permit | document details
PUC Order making a preliminary determination to issue a Draft Site Permit for the Paynesville Wind Farm
05/28/10 Notice of OES Scoping Decision | document details
Notice of Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the Paynesville Wind Farm
05/28/10 OES Scoping Decision | document details
Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the Paynesville Wind Farm
05/19/10 Comments and Recommendations Regarding Issuance of Draft Site Permit for Public Comment | document details
OES EFP Comments and Recommendations on whether a Draft Site Permit should be issued for the Paynesville Wind Farm
05/14/10 Paynesville Wind Public Meeting Comments
Record of oral comments from public meeting on the Paynesville Wind Farm in Lake Henry, MN, on April 19, 2010
05/14/10 Comments for Scoping and Consideration in Draft Site Permit
Written public comments received by May 10, 2010, regarding the Paynesville Wind Farm
05/14/10 Letter from U.S. Fish and Wildlife | document details
Letter, dated Oct. 23, 2009, from USFWS to Paynesville Wind, LLC, regarding the Paynesville Wind Farm
03/23/10 Notice of Application Acceptance and Scoping Meeting | document details
Notice of Application Acceptance and Scoping Meeting for the proposed 95 MW Paynesville Wind Farm to be held April 19, 2010 in Paynesville, Minnesota. The OES is soliciting comments on issues that should be considered in developing the draft site permit and suggested alternatives and issues to be evaluated in the environmental report for the Paynesville Wind Farm. Comments will be accepted through May 10, 2010
03/11/10 PUC Order on Application Acceptance | document details
Order accepting the site permit application to construct the 95 MW Paynesville Wind Farm as complete
02/19/10 OES EFP Comments and Recommendations on Application Acceptance | document details
OES EFP recommendation of application acceptance and requesting a variance to extend the time required to issue a site permit for the proposed Paynesville Wind Farm
02/08/10 Site Permit Application for Paynesville Wind, LLC
Site Permit Application submitted to the Public Utilities Commission for a 95 MW wind farm in Stearns County

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