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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 or applicant), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, is proposing to build a 170-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Dodge and Steele Counties in southeast Minnesota. Commission review of the project is currently suspended while DCW determines how to connect the wind farm with the electric transmission system to deliver the power from the wind farm to a purchaser.
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, is proposing to build a 170-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Dodge and Steele Counties in southeast Minnesota.

DCW has withdrawn its earlier proposal for a 21-mile to 26-mile long 345-kilovolt (kV) high-voltage transmission line through Dodge and Olmsted Counties (Docket number IP-6981.TL-17-308) to connect the wind farm to the electric grid due to greater than expected interconnection costs.

The Commission’s review of the project is currently suspended while DCW determines how to connect the wind farm with the electric transmission system to deliver the power from the wind farm to a purchaser. If DCW wishes to proceed with the project, the Commission will require it to refile comprehensive and complete certificate of need and site permit applications. These filings must include a proposal for associated facilities to interconnect the Dodge County Wind Project to the transmission system

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 60 GE 2.5 MW turbines and eight (8) GE 2.3 MW turbines, for an installed capacity of 168.4 MW.  The proposed turbines have hub heights of 90 meters (GE 2.5 MW turbines) or 80 meters (GE 2.3 MW turbines), with the rotor diameters of 116.5 meters (382 feet) for both models.  From ground to fully extended blade tip, the 2.5 MW turbines have a total height of approximately 148.3 m (486.5 feet), and the 2.3 MW turbines have a total height of approximately 138.3 m (453.7ft).  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. 

 

Latest News

In its December 5, 2019, Order, the Commission granted DCW's request to withdraw its application for a 345 kV transmission line. The order also suspended review of the project and directed DCW to submit complete and comprehensive CN and site permit applciations addressing the associated facilities required to connect the wind farm to the electric grid.

Key Project Documents

Date Title Description
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.
07/29/2019 Dodge County Wind Project: Draft Environmental Impact Statement Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Dodge County Wind Project in Steele, Dodge, and Olmsted counties in Minnesota
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.
07/06/2018 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