STATUS: In progress with opposition
OPPOSITION: Environmental and Citizens: Citizens for Environmental Rights & Safety, LLC
PROSPECTS: Prolonged delay
BACKGROUND: The wind facility would consist of nine separate limited liability companies each owning one 2.1 MW wind turbine. The project is located three miles east of the town of Kenyon, Goodhue County, Minnesota.
Kenyon Wind, LLC was granted a final permit by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in July 2007 for its 18.9-megawatt wind-energy conversion system. Landowners and other opposition groups contested the project raising questions about noise, impacts on communications systems, potential for annoyance, visual impacts, safety and engineering considerations and property values impacts.
In February 2009, the permit was amended to allow Kenyon Wind, LLC flexibility with the type of turbines, spacing, and an extension of both the power purchase agreement and beginning date for the two-year period of construction allowed.
On October 21, 2010, Kenyon Wind LLC applied to amend its permit to extend the time for completion of the project, citing current economic conditions for the project delay. The comment period for this amended period closes on November 19, 2010.
SOURCES: Kenyon Wind LLC Amendment Letter: http://energyfacilities.puc.state.mn.us/documents/18946/petition%20for%20amendment%202010.pdf;
Notice of Comment Period: http://energyfacilities.puc.state.mn.us/documents/18946/Notice%20of%20Amendment%202010%20comment%20period.pdf;
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission: http://energyfacilities.puc.state.mn.us/Docket.html?Id=18946;
Winona Daily News: http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/article_343fdc4c-2048-5817-acd6-8e3dbc80c7af.html
Last updated November 18, 2010