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Project Docket

Docket No IP-6844/WS-10-438
Project name Prairie Wind Energy 100 MW LWECS in Otter Tail County
Applicant Prairie Wind Energy, LLC
Description Prairie Wind Energy, LLC is applying for a site permit and a certificate of need for an 100 MW LWECS near Parkers Prairie
Subjects Environmental policy; Wind power
Location Otter Tail County; Otter Tail County -- Effington Township; Otter Tail County -- Elmo Township; Otter Tail County -- Folden Township; Otter Tail County -- Parkers Prairie City; Otter Tail County -- Parkers Prairie Township
Docket created: January 03, 2011
Contacts: David Birkholz, 651-539-1838, Environmental Review Manager.
Status:
 
04-19-2011
Public meeting
 
05-20-2011
Scoping decision
 
06-8-2011
Application accepted
 
08-25-2011
Draft permit issued
 
09-6-2011
Environmental document available
 
10-4-2011
Public meeting
 
03-19-2012
Permit issued
 
05-9-2014
Project not built
 
07-11-2014
Docket closed
eDockets 10-438
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Project Summary

Update: Prairie Wind  Energy, LLC has withdrawn from the MISO queue for interconnection and requested the Commission revoke their Site Permit. The Commission issued an official Order to revoke the permit on 05/09/14. 


Prairie Wind Energy intends to construct and operate an 100 MW Large Wind Energy Conversion System (LWECS) in Southeastern Otter Tail County, Minnesota.  The Project is located approximately one mile from the community of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, west of SH 29 and north of SH 235, with most of the Project site in the townships of Parkers Prairie and Elmo.  Other townships within the Project site include Effington and Folden, also in Otter Tail County, Minnesota.  The record of site permit documents can be reviewed on eDockets at https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp (search year "10" and number "438").

The Project is a Large Energy Facility as defined in Minn. Stat. � 216B.2421, Subd. 2, and cannot be constructed without a Certificate of Need (CN) from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.   The complete record of CN documents can be reviewed on eDockets at https://www.edockets.state.mn.us/EFiling/search.jsp (search year "10" and number "429").

Primary Documents
DateDocumentDescription
05/09/14 Commission Order Revoking Prairie Wind Energy Site Permit | document details
The Commission has revoked the Site Permit for the 100 MW LWECS in Otter Tail County at the request of the Permittee
03/19/12 Site Permit for the Prairie Wind Energy 100 MW LWECS (1.77 M) | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting Prairie Wind Energy, LLC a Site Permit to construct and operate a 100 MW wind farm in Otter Tail County
03/19/12 Certificate of Need for the Prairie Wind Energy 100 MW LWECS | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting Prairie Wind Energy, LLC a Certificate of Need for a 100 MW wind farm in Otter Tail County (10-429)
File Register
DateDocumentDescription
05/09/14 Commission Order Revoking Prairie Wind Energy Site Permit | document details
The Commission has revoked the Site Permit for the 100 MW LWECS in Otter Tail County at the request of the Permittee
03/19/12 Site Permit for the Prairie Wind Energy 100 MW LWECS (1.77 M) | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting Prairie Wind Energy, LLC a Site Permit to construct and operate a 100 MW wind farm in Otter Tail County
03/19/12 Certificate of Need for the Prairie Wind Energy 100 MW LWECS | document details
The Commission has issued an Order granting Prairie Wind Energy, LLC a Certificate of Need for a 100 MW wind farm in Otter Tail County (10-429)
02/08/12 EFP Comments and Recommendations on issuing a Site Permit for the 100 MW Prairie Wind Energy Project: (1.6 M) | document details
EFP recommends the Commission issue a site permit to Prairie Wind Energy, LLC with the conditions contained herein
11/09/11 ALJ Summary of Public Comments in the Prairie Wind 100 MW LWECS Site Permit Application | document details
The Administrative Law Judge has released his Summary of Public Comments on the Prairie Wind Energy Project from the Hearing and public comment period
09/12/11 Notice of Public Hearing/Public Meeting for the 100 MW Prairie Wind Energy Project on October 4, 2011, in Parkers Prairie | document details
This announcement notices the Public Hearing and availability of the Environmental Report for the certificate of need review; and the Public Meeting and availability of the Draft Site Permit for the site permit review. A comments on these issues my be submitted to the administrative law judge through October 19, 2011
09/06/11 Environmental Report for 100 MW Prairie Wind Energy Project Certificate of Need Application (3.22 MB) | document details
EFP has released the Environmental Report for the Project for the Commission's Certificate of Need Review (CN-10-429)
08/25/11 A Draft Site Permit has been issued for the Prairie Wind Energy 100 MW LWECS | document details
The Commission has made a preliminary determination that a site permit should be issued and has released a Draft Site Permit for public comment
08/17/11 EFP Comments and Recommendations on issuing a Draft Site Permit for the 100 MW Prairie Wind Energy Project | document details
EFP recommends a preliminary determination that a site permit should be issued and has prepared a proposed Draft Site Permit for public comment
06/13/11 Notice of Application Acceptance | document details
The Public Utilities Commission accepted the site permit application for the Prairie Wind 100 MW LWECS near Parkers Prairie as complete on June 8, 2011. Public comments regarding the application are accepted through June 30, 2011
05/20/11 Public Comments on the ER Scope for 100 MW Prairie Wind Energy Project (3.68 MB) | document details
Comments received at the public information and scoping meeting and through the end of comment period of May 10, 2011 (CN-10-429)
05/20/11 Environmental Report Scoping Decision for 100 MW Prairie Wind Energy Project Certificate of Need Application | document details
The Department of Commerce has released the Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the Project for the Commission's Certificate of Need Review (CN-10-429)
05/20/11 Notice of Availability of Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the 100 MW Prairie Wind Energy Project | document details
The Department of Commerce has released the Environmental Report Scoping Decision for the Project for the Commission's Certificate of Need Review (CN-10-429)
05/05/11 Application for Site Permit for Prairie Wind Energy Project
Prairie Wind Energy, LLC has submitted an application for a site permit for a 100 MW LWECS in Otter Tail County
04/19/11 Public Meeting Materials for the Prairie Wind Energy Project ER Scoping Meeting
Reference these materials from the public meeting for information about the ER scoping and wind site permitting processes (CN-10-429)
03/31/11 Notice of CN Application and Public Scoping Meeting for Prairie Wind Energy 100 MW LWECS in Otter Tail County | document details
OES is conducting a public meeting to solicit comments on alternatives and issues to be reviewed in the Environmental Report being prepared in the Certificate of Need (CN-10-429) application. A comment period is open through May 10, 2011
11/29/10 Prairie Wind Energy Certificate of Need Application for an 100 MW LWECS in Otter Tail County | document details
Prairie Wind Energy, LLC has applied for a certificate of need for an 100 MW LWECS near Parkers Prairie (CN-10-429)
Date Document On Behalf Of Description
05/09/14 20145-99349-01 PUC ORDER--ORDER REVOKING SITE PERMIT
05/09/14 20145-99349-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
04/17/14 20144-98413-01 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--APRIL 23, 2014 AGENDA
04/11/14 20144-98218-11 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
04/11/14 20144-98218-02 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--APRIL 23, 2014
03/19/14 20143-97451-01 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC COMPLIANCE FILNG--PWE WILL NOT BE SEEKING A RENEWAL OF ITS SITE PERMIT
01/23/14 20141-95728-01 DOC EERA COMPLIANCE REVIEW--ANNUAL COMPLIANCE REVIEW, JANUARY 2014
12/21/12 201212-82076-01 DOC EFP STAFF COMPLIANCE REVIEW--ANNUAL COMPLIANCE REVIEW DEC 2012
12/04/12 201212-81357-20 PUC NOTICE--POWER PLANT SITING AND TRANSMISSION LINE ROUTING PROGRAM ANNUAL HEARING
12/04/12 201212-81357-48 PUC NOTICE--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
11/30/12 201211-81239-01 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING--PERMIT SERVICE COMPLIANCE FILING
10/15/12 201210-79547-02 GERONIMO WIND ENERGY COMPLIANCE FILING
04/05/12 20124-73365-02 PUC MINUTES--FEBRUARY 16, 2012 AGENDA MEETING
03/19/12 20123-72692-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
03/19/12 20123-72692-01 PUC ORDER
02/14/12 20122-71494-02 PUC BRIEFING PAPERS--FEBRUARY 16, 2012 SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEFING PAPERS
02/08/12 20122-71381-01 DOC EFP BRIEFING PAPERS--COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON A SITE PERMIT
02/07/12 20122-71325-09 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--REVISED - 2-16-2012
02/03/12 20122-71157-01 DOC EFP BRIEFING PAPERS--COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON A SITE PERMIT
02/03/12 20122-71036-04 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC OTHER--LETTER RE ABPP OUTLINE PART 4 OF 4
02/03/12 20122-71036-01 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC OTHER--COVER LETTER AND AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE FOR MAP, TIER 1-3 LETTER AND ABPP OUTLINE PART 1 OF 4
02/03/12 20122-70994-09 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--FEBRUARY 16, 2012
02/03/12 20122-71036-03 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC OTHER--LETTER RE USE OF TIER 1 TO 3 SURVEYS PART 3 OF 4
02/03/12 20122-71036-02 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC OTHER--PWE FINAL TURBINE LAYOUT PART 2 OF 4
01/19/12 20121-70463-01 DOC EFP COMMENTS--DNR COMMENTS ONF FALL AVIAN SURVEY
01/17/12 20121-70351-01 DOC EFP OTHER--OTTER TAIL COUNTY WIND ORDINANCE
12/07/11 201112-69051-02 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY, LLC OTHER--FALL AVIAN SURVEY FOR THE PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY PROJECT
11/09/11 201111-68230-01 OAH ORDER--SUMMARY OF PUBLIC COMMENT
11/03/11 201111-68067-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENTS 11-3-11
11/02/11 201111-68061-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENTS 11-2-11
10/27/11 201110-67763-10 PUC MINUTES--AUGUST 24, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
10/24/11 201110-67642-03 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--GASELE COMMENT 10-24-11 AVIAN SURVEY
10/24/11 201110-67642-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--GASELE COMMENT 10-24-11 RESPONSE TO CCH
10/24/11 201110-67640-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--GASELE COMMENT 10-24-11
10/24/11 201110-67640-04 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--GASELE COMMENT 10-24-11 RESPONSE TO CCR
10/20/11 201110-67547-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENTS 10-20-11
10/19/11 201110-67536-05 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY, LLC OTHER--SPRING AVIAN STUDY AND DNR COMMENT LETTER
10/19/11 201110-67536-01 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY, LLC OTHER--RESPONSE TO CONTESTED CASE HEARING REQUESTS AND PUBLIC COMMENTS
10/19/11 20121-70021-02 DOC EFP NOTICE--AVAILABLE DRAFT PERMIT AND PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE AOP
10/19/11 201110-67536-03 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY, LLC OTHER--COVER LETTER AND AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE FOR RESPONSE TO CONTESTED CASE HEARING REQUESTS AND PUBLIC COMMENTS
10/17/11 201110-67418-01 COURT REPORTER TRANSCRIPTS--TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS HELD ON OCTOBER 4, 2011 PARKERS PRAIRIE, MN
10/17/11 201110-67417-04 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 10
10/17/11 201110-67417-02 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 9
10/17/11 201110-67417-08 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 12
10/17/11 201110-67404-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
10/17/11 201110-67422-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--10-17-2011
10/17/11 201110-67417-06 COURT REPORTER EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 11
10/14/11 201110-67348-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENTS 10-13-2011
10/13/11 201110-67295-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 WINDTURBINE
10/13/11 201110-67293-10 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 RESIDENTS
10/13/11 201110-67295-06 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 WINDFARMS-2
10/13/11 201110-67293-12 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 SONAR-1
10/13/11 201110-67293-16 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 STAFFBRIEFING
10/13/11 201110-67295-04 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 WINDFARMS-1
10/13/11 201110-67293-20 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 WHATS PROBLEM
10/13/11 201110-67293-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 NY LANDOWNER
10/13/11 201110-67295-12 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 WINDTURBINE
10/13/11 201110-67295-08 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 WINDINDUSTRY
10/13/11 201110-67295-10 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 WINDPOWERHOAX
10/13/11 201110-67293-06 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 PROBLEM
10/13/11 201110-67293-04 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 POWERING
10/13/11 201110-67293-18 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 WELCOME
10/13/11 201110-67293-14 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 SONAR-2
10/13/11 201110-67293-08 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT RESIDENTIAL
10/12/11 201110-67267-18 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 WIND FARMS
10/12/11 201110-67267-10 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 MN FREE
10/12/11 201110-67269-11 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 ICE THROW B
10/12/11 201110-67268-04 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-9-2011 INDEX
10/12/11 201110-67269-05 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 CONCERN
10/12/11 201110-67267-08 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 HAYWARD
10/12/11 201110-67269-07 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 ICE THROW A
10/12/11 201110-67267-06 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 GRESHAMS
10/12/11 201110-67267-04 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 ENERGY BLUE
10/12/11 201110-67268-06 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-9-2011 STAFF RPT
10/12/11 201110-67269-09 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 POWER PLANT
10/12/11 201110-67269-19 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 NINETEEN
10/12/11 201110-67269-01 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 BETTER PLAN
10/12/11 201110-67267-14 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 NOT ROCKET SCIENCE
10/12/11 201110-67268-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-9-2011 CLEAN JOBS
10/12/11 201110-67268-08 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-10-2011 MAY 16 CRS
10/12/11 201110-67269-03 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 CHINA INVESTS
10/12/11 201110-67267-12 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 NOT ROCKET
10/12/11 201110-67269-15 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT ICE THROW
10/12/11 201110-67267-02 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 08-454
10/12/11 201110-67269-13 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 ICE THROW C
10/12/11 201110-67269-17 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-11-2011 MAGIC CLOAK
10/12/11 201110-67267-16 OAH PUBLIC COMMENT--NYGAARD COMMENT 10-8-2011 WIND-HEALTH
10/10/11 201110-67177-01 PUC PUBLIC COMMENT
10/04/11 2214 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 9
10/04/11 2210 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 4
10/04/11 2215 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 10
10/04/11 2206 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT LIST
10/04/11 2207 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 1
10/04/11 2211 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 5
10/04/11 2216 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 11
10/04/11 2208 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 3
10/04/11 2217 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 12
10/04/11 2212 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 6
10/04/11 2209 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 2
10/04/11 2213 OAH EXHIBITS - HEARING--EXHIBIT 7
09/19/11 20119-66485-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--EQB MONITOR
09/12/11 20119-66256-01 DOC NOTICE--OF EA AND DRAFT SITE PERMIT AVAILABILITY AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
08/25/11 20118-65710-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
08/25/11 20118-65710-01 PUC ORDER
08/17/11 20118-65458-01 DOC EFP BRIEFING PAPERS--PROPOSED DRAFT SITE PERMIT
08/12/11 20118-65297-05 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--AUGUST 24, 2011
08/10/11 20118-65213-03 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY, LLC OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF SITE PERMIT APPLICATION DISTRIBUTION
08/10/11 20118-65203-05 PUC MINUTES--JUNE 2, 2011 AGENDA MEETING
08/10/11 20118-65213-02 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY, LLC OTHER--AFFIDAVIT OF SITE PERMIT APPLICATION DISTRIBUTION
08/10/11 20118-65213-01 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY, LLC OTHER--COVER LETTER FOR AFFIDAVIT OF SITE PERMIT APPLICATION DISTRIBUTION
08/09/11 20118-65162-01 MNDNR COMMENTS
08/08/11 20118-65147-01 DOC EFP NOTICE--OF APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE-AOP
08/04/11 20118-65020-01 DOC/EFP PUBLIC COMMENT--PUBLIC COMMENTS
06/30/11 20116-64333-01 MN/DOT COMMENTS
06/13/11 20116-63458-01 DOC NOTICE--OF APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
06/08/11 20116-63355-01 PUC ORDER
06/08/11 20116-63355-02 PUC ORDER--CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE AND SERVICE LIST
05/25/11 20115-62871-01 DOC EFP BRIEFING PAPERS--APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE
05/20/11 20115-62754-01 PUC NOTICE OF COMMISSION MEETING--JUNE 2, 2011
05/05/11 20115-62305-04 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX B
05/05/11 20115-62305-03 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX A
05/05/11 20115-62305-01 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC INITIAL FILING--FILING LETTER AND CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
05/05/11 20115-62305-02 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC INITIAL FILING--SITE PERMIT APPLICATION
05/05/11 20115-62305-05 PRAIRIE WIND ENERGY LLC INITIAL FILING--APPENDIX C