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Dodge County Wind Project


Project Docket Details

Docket No WS-20-866, TL-20-867
Project name Dodge County Wind Project
Applicant Dodge County Wind, LLC
Description Dodge County Wind, LLC (DCW or applicant), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, proposes to construct and operate a 259-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Dodge and Steele Counties and an associated 161 kV transmission line in Dodge and Mower counties.
Location Dodge County, Steele County
Contact Suzanne Steinhauer
Suzanne.Steinhauer@state.mn.us
651-539-1843
Status
  • 2018-06-29: Docket is open
  • 2018-10-04: Application accepted
  • 2018-10-25: Public meeting
  • 2019-04-18: Scoping decision
  • 2019-07-29: Draft EIS available

Project Summary

Dodge County Wind, LLC (DCW or applicant), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, seeks a permit to construct and operate an up to 259 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Dodge and Steele counties in southeast Minnesota (Docket No. IP-6981/WS-20-866). To connect the proposed wind farm to the electrical grid, DCW also seeks a permit to construct approximately 27 miles of new 161 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between a new project substation and the existing Pleasant Valley Substation  in Mower County (Docket No. IP6981/TL-20-867). The proposed transmission line route is in Dodge and Mower counties.  DCW filed applications for the site and route permits for the project with the Commission on September 14, 2021. DCW filed amended applications for a certificate of need and site permit on January 12, 2022, and filed an amended application for a route permit on January 14, 2022.

The proposed project revises an earlier proposal to construct a 170 MW wind farm in Dodge and Steele counties and connect that wind farm to the electrical grid at the Byron Substation via a 21-mile to 26-mile long 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line through Dodge and Olmsted Counties (Docket number IP-6981/TL-17-308).  DCW withdrew its original proposal in late 2019 due to greater than expected interconnection costs. Information on the earlier proposals for the 170 MW wind farm and the 345 kV transmission line can be found in the official eDockets record for each docket.

This webpage has been updated to link to the official eDockets record for the proposed site permit application and will be the main page for updates to the projects.  A separate webpage is maintained for the route permit application and will link to the official eDockets record for the route permit application.

 

Latest News

DCW filed amended applications for a certificate of need and site permit on January 12, 2022, and filed an amended application for a route permit on January 14, 2022.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Minnesota Department of Commerce will jointly hold public information and scoping meetings on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Kasson State Theater in Kasson, Minnesota, and via remote access on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6 p.m. Written comments are accepted through Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

 

 

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Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
04/19/2022 Notice of Public Information and Scoping Meetings for Dodge County Wind Project - May 10 & 11, 2022 The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Minnesota Department of Commerce will jointly hold public information and scoping meetings on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Kasson State Theater in Kasson, Minnesota, and via remote access on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6 p.m. Written comments are accepted through Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
01/21/2022 Dodge County Wind Amended Route Permit Application On January 14, 2022, Dodge County Wind, LLC filed an amended Route Permit Application for a 161 kV transmission line in Dodge and Mower counties. This application supersedes the route permit application filed in September 2021
01/21/2022 Dodge County Wind Project Amended Site Permit Application On January 12, 2022, Dodge County Wind, LLC filed an amended Site Permit Application for an up to 259 MW large wind energy conversion system in Dodge and Steele counties. This application supersedes the previously filed site permit application filed in September 2021.
12/31/2019 Commission Order allowing withdrawal of transmission route permit application and suspending review of the certificate of need (CN) and site permits. On December 5, 2019, the Commission granted DCW's request to withdraw its route permit application. The Commission also suspended its review of the CN and site permit, and directed DCW to re-file comprehensive and complete CN and site permit applications that address the associated facilties required to connect the wind farm to the electric grid.

Project Documents