VIDEO: NextEra seeks transmission line for 150 MW Brady Wind project in N.D.

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Brady Wind, which is developing a 150 MW wind farm, on Dec. 17 applied with the North Dakota Public Service Commission for approval of an interconnecting transmission line.

Brady Wind, a unit of NextEra Energy Resources, applied for a Certificate of Corridor Compatibility and Transmission Facility Route Permit to construct the Brady Transmission Line. The project consists of about 19 miles of a new 230-kV overhead transmission line on private property in Stark County, North Dakota. The project also includes a new 30-acre switchyard at the western terminus of the transmission line.

The project would connect the proposed Brady Wind Energy Center to the Belfield-to-Rhame 230-kV transmission line. The Brady Wind Energy Center would consist of up to 87 wind turbine generators to be located in Stark County. The wind farm must be permitted separately, and Brady Wind submitted a separate application for a Certificate of Site Compatibility to the North Dakota PSC in December 2015.

The existing Belfield-to-Rhame 230-kV transmission line is owned and operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. The total cost of constructing this interconnecting transmission line and associated facilities is estimated at $12 million.

The transmission line project will allow the Brady Wind Energy Center to contribute about 150 MW of renewable energy to the power grid. The electric power will be delivered to Basin’s energy grid under a power purchase agreement between Basin and Brady Wind.

The project is due to be in service in October 2016.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy's Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication's editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University.

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