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300-MW wind farm planned for Minnesota

Nobles 2 Power Partners LLC filed paperwork to develop a 300MW wind farm in Minnesota's Nobles and Murray counties. The company soughtMinnesota Public Utilities Commission approval April 5 seeking exemption fromcertain information that it deems inapplicable and unnecessary in filing for acertificate of need for the project.

"Nobles 2 has requested exemptions from certain datarequirements on the grounds that, as an independent power producer, such data arenot reasonably available to Nobles 2, are inapplicable to Nobles 2 and theproject, and are not necessary to determine need for the project," thecompany said in its application.

The Nobles 2 wind farm is planned for development over69,476 acres of land and will sell power to wholesale customers, includingMinnesota utilities and cooperatives that have identified a need for additionalrenewable energy. It has a targeted in-service date of 2018 and will beinterconnected to an existing 115 kV line that is in the west-central portionof the project footprint. (Docket No. 16-289)