Wind Works Power Corp. says that its Thunder Spirit wind project, a 150 MW wind farm planned for North Dakota, has entered the permitting phase, as the company has submitted a letter of intent to the North Dakota Public Service Commission.
A contract was awarded to Thunder Spirit following a study by the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) of 7,800 MW of North Dakota-Montana interconnection applications. According to Wind Works, the Thunder Spirit project emerged as the winner of the contract because it requires almost no electric transmission system upgrades and is located in one of the best wind energy resource areas in MISO's territory.
‘With our recently announced $20 million financing for Thunder Spirit, we are eager to continue our ongoing discussions regarding a power purchase agreement and permitting in order to get the project construction ready within the next few months,’ says Dr. Ingo Stuckmann, Wind Works' president and CEO. ‘Based on my experience developing the 180 MW Tatanka wind farm in North Dakota that became operational in 2008, we expect to start construction in 2012.’
Thunder Spirit can connect into the MISO power market, subject to completion of an interconnection agreement.