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Dodge County Wind Project

Project Docket Details

Docket No WS-17-307, WS-17-308
Project Name Dodge County Wind Project
Applicant Dodge County Wind, LLC
Description Dodge County Wind, LLC, (DCW) a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, proposes to construct a large wind energy conversion system (LWECS) of approximately 170 megawatts (MW) in Dodge and Steele counties (Docket number 17-307) and approximately 23 miles of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Dodge and Olmsted counties (Docket number 17-308). DCW has proposed the project to meet Minnesota Municipal Power?s need for electric power. DCW is seeking a Certificate of Need for both the wind and transmission facilities in Docket number 17-306
Location Dodge County, Steele County
Contact Suzanne Steinhauer | | 651-539-1843
  • 2018-06-29: Docket is open
  • 2018-10-04: Application accepted
  • 2018-10-25: Public meeting
  • Upcoming: Scoping decision

Project Summary

The LWECS portion of the project would consist of up to 70 turbines to be located in Dodge and Steele counties. DCW proposes to install 62 General Electric (GE) 2.52 MW turbines and 8 GE 1.715 MW turbines..  The 2.52 MW turbines have a total height of approximately 499 feet 152 meters), and the 1.715 turbines have a total height of approximately 431 feet (132 meters).  The project would also include underground electric collection lines, a new collector substation, an operation and maintenance building, permanent meteorological towers, and gravel access roads. 

In addition to the LWECS, DCW proposes to construct and operate approximately 23 miles of 345 kilovolt (kV) high voltage transmission line to deliver power from the wind farm to the Byron Substation in Olmsted County. DCW has proposed two route alternatives, one approximately 21 miles and the second approximately 26 miles; the two route alternatives share some portions in common.  The associated 345 kV transmission line would be constructed on single-circuit monopole structures within a 150-foot right-of-way.

The Public Utilities Commission is reviewing the project under three dockets, IP-6981.CN-17-306 (Certificate of Need), IP-6981.CN-17-306 (LWECS Site Permit), and IP-6981.CN-17-308 (HVTL Route Permit).  The Department of Commerce will maintain this page as the primary page for porject updates.   

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Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
04/25/2019 Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Decision Department of Commerce decision on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for the Dodge County Wind Project.
07/05/2018 Dodge County Wind Project Application for a Site Permit Application of Dodge County Wind, LLC for a site permit for a large wind energy conversion system (LWECS) of up to 170 MW in Dodge and Steele counties

Project Documents