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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 IP6851/WS-10-1238
Project name Big Blue Wind Farm
Applicant Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC; Exergy Development Group of Idaho, LLC
Description Proposed 36 megawatt Large Wind Energy Conversion System in Faribault County
Subjects Environmental policy; Wind power
Location Faribault County; Faribault County -- Jo Daviess Township
Docket created: December 27, 2010
Contacts: Ray Kirsch, 651-539-1841, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
01-14-2011
Application accepted
 
03-11-2011
Draft permit issued
 
04-19-2011
Public meeting
 
08-17-2011
Permit issued
 
12-15-2012
Project built
 
Docket closed
eDockets 10-1238
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Project Summary

Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC (Big Blue Wind) proposes to construct a 36 megawatt (MW) Large Wind Energy Conversion System consisting of up to 24 turbines and associated facilities on approximately 15,000 acres, which make up the project area, in Faribault County, Minnesota. 

Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC is owned by Minnesota Wind Partners I, LLC, which is owned by Exergy Minnesota Holdings, LLC, which is owned by Exergy Development Group of Idaho, LLC. 

Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC, has applied to the Commission for a site permit.  The Office of Energy Security will be seeking comments during specific phases of the site permitting process

Relevant documents for the siting process are included in this project docket (see "File Register" below).  The complete record for the site permit 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 1238

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
01/03/12 Avian and Bat Protection Plan | document details
Revised Avian and Bat Protection Plan for Big Blue Wind, including monitoring and reporting protocols.
10/27/11 PUC Order on Big Blue Avian and Bat Protection Plan | document details
Public Utilities Commission Order approving the Big Blue Wind Avian and Bat Protection Plan as amended by supplemental filings and recommendations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
10/19/11 EFP Comments and Recommendations regarding the Big Blue Wind Avian and Bat Protection Plan | document details
EFP Comments and Recommendations recommending approval of the Big Blue Wind Avian and Bat Protection Plan
08/17/11 Site Permit issued to Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC | document details
Site Permit for the 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm in Faribault County
08/11/11 PUC Order for Site Permit for Big Blue Wind Farm | document details
PUC Order, including Findings of Fact and Site Permit, for the 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm in Faribault County
08/03/11 Comments and Recommendations on Permit Issuance | document details
Comments and Recommendations, Findings of Fact, Exhibit List and Site Permit for the 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm in Faribault County
05/19/11 Public Comments on the Draft Site Permit (4.5 MB) | document details
Written public comments received by May 6, 2011, regarding the Big Blue Wind Farm
05/19/11 Big Blue Wind Farm Public Meeting Comments | document details
Record of oral comments from public meeting on the Big Blue Wind Farm in Blue Earn, MN, on April 19, 2011
03/30/11 Notice of Draft Site Permit Issuance and Public Information Meeting | document details
A public meeting for the proposed 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm will be held on April 19 in Blue Earth, Minnesota. OES EFP is soliciting comments on the Draft Site Permit through May 6, 2011
03/30/11 Draft Site Permit for Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC | document details
Draft Site Permit for the Big Blue Wind Farm in Faribault County with updated maps
03/30/11 Updated Turbine Layout Maps
Updated maps submitted by the applicant to reflect its current turbine layouts. These maps substitute the maps in the site permit application submitted by Big Blue Wind, LLC
03/11/11 Public Utilities Commisison Order regarding Draft Site Permit | document details
PUC Order making a preliminary determination to issue a Draft Site Permit for the Big Blue Wind Farm
03/01/11 Comments and Recommendations Regarding Draft Site Permit Issuance | document details
OES EFP Comments and Recommendations recommending issuing a Draft Site Permit for public comment for the 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm
02/22/11 Public Comments Regarding Draft Site Permit Preparation | document details
Written comments, which were accepted through February 18, 2011, on issues to be considered in developing a Draft Site Permit and issues regarding the application for the proposed 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm in Faribault County
01/26/11 Notice of Application Acceptance | document details
The Public Utilities Commission accepted the site permit application by Big Blue Wind Farm, LLC, as complete on January 13, 2011. Public comments regarding the application are accepted until February 18, 2011
01/24/11 Revised Site Permit Application
Revised site permit application for the Big Blue Wind Farm, a 36 MW proposed LWECS in Faribault County
01/14/11 Public Utilities Order Accepting the Application as Complete | document details
Order accepting the site permit application as complete for the 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm in Faribault County
01/05/11 OES EFP Comments and Recommendation on Application Acceptance for the Big Blue Wind Farm | document details
Comments and recommendations to the Commission recommending accepting the site permit application for the 36 MW Big Blue Wind Farm in Faribault County
12/03/10 Big Blue Wind Farm -- Application for LWECS Site Permit
Site permit application for the Big Blue Wind Farm, a 36 MW proposed LWECS in Faribault County

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