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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 12-1240
Project name Xcel Energy Competitive Resource Acquisition Process
Applicant Calpine; Geronimo Wind Energy, LLC; Great River Energy; Northern States Power dba Xcel Energy; Invenergy
Description The Commission has initiated a Competitive Resource Acquisition Process (RAP) through which it will select resources to meet the need identified in Xcel Energy's 2010 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). In its review the Commission will consider alternative proposals from Xcel Energy, Calpine Corporation, Invenergy, Geronimo Energy, and Great River Energy
Subjects Environmental policy; Power plants
Docket created: June 12, 2013
Status:
 
06-24-2013
Application accepted
 
07-17-2013
Scoping decision
 
10-14-2013
Environmental document available
 
10-15-2013
Public hearing
 
05-23-2014
Certificate of Need issued
 
02-5-2015
Project closed
 
Docket closed
eDockets 12-1240
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Project Summary

The Commission has initiated a Competitive Resource Acquisition Process (RAP) through which it will select resources to meet the need identified in Xcel Energy's 2010 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).  In its review the Commission will consider the following alternatives:

 ·         Xcel Energy's proposal for three 215 MW combustion turbine gas generators with a total capacity of 645 MW.  One of the proposed locations would be located at Xcel Energy's existing Black Dog plant in Burnsville.  The two additional turbines would be built near Hankinson, North Dakota;

 ·         Calpine Corporation's  proposal for a natural gas combustion turbine and a heat recovery steam generator with a total capacity of 345 MW in Mankato;

 ·         Invenergy's proposal for three 178.5 MW natural gas combustion turbines, one in Cannon Falls and two in Hampton Township in Dakota County, for a combined capacity of 535.5 MW;

 ·         Geronimo Energy's proposal for up to 100 MW of solar generation distributed at up to 31 sites throughout Minnesota; and

 ·         Great River Energy's proposal for MISO Zone 1 Resource Credits for capacity only.

 As part of its review process the Commission has requested that the Department of Commerce Energy Facility Permitting (EFP) staff  prepare an Environmental Report (ER) assessing the proposals under consideration.  At the conclusion of the process, the Commission is expected to select one or some combination of the proposed alternatives to meet Xcel Energy's identified need.

File Register
Energy Facilities eDockets
DateDocumentDescription
02/02/15 Commission Order | document details
Commission order approving power purchase agreements with Calpine and Geronimo, and approving price terms with Xcel
05/23/14 Commission Order | document details
Commission order directing Xcel to negotiate draft power purchase agreements with selected parties
10/14/13 Environmental Report: Xcel Competitive Resources Acquisition Proposals
Environmental Report examining the potential human and enviornmental impacts of the proposals considered by the Commission in this proceeding
07/17/13 Scoping Decision for the Xcel Energy Competition Bidding Process | document details
Department of Commerce Scoping Decision identifying alternatives and impacts to be addressed in the Environmental Report being prepared for this docket
07/15/13 Public comments received on scope of Environmental Report | document details
Public scoping comments received on impacts to be evaluated in Environmental Report
06/24/13 Notice of Comment Period - Environmental Report Scoping | document details
Comments are accepted through July 10, 2013, on issues to be evaluated in the Environmental Report to be prepared by the Minnesota Department of Commerce for Xcel Energy's Competitive Resource Acquisition Process
06/20/13 Resource Proposals from Xcel Energy, Calpine Corporation, Invenergy, Great River Energy, and Geronimo Energy
Public versions of resource proposals and supplemental envirionmental information submitted in response to Xcel Energy's petition to initiate a competititve resource acquisition process

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