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Not sure if wind project still on tap

It’s hard saying whether the West Fork Wind project is still a go. One thing’s for certain: the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has wiped a request from West Fork Wind off of its agenda. 

West Fork Wind hasn’t provided information; IURC dismisses action

It’s hard saying whetherthe West Fork Wind projectis still a go.

One thing’s for certain: theIndiana Utility RegulatoryCommission has wiped a requestfrom West Fork Windoff of its agenda.

[The IURC's order can be downloaded from this page and at this link]

West Fork Wind is a project of NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Florida. It originally included putting up turbines in western Fayette County as well as nearby in Rush and Henry counties. The turbines would turn wind into electrical energy that NextEra would sell to other utilities.

The project appears dead in the other counties because of local opposition. But, at least until two years ago, it had been active in Fayette. The company had contacted several local landowners about signing multi-year leases for wind turbine sites.

The IURC is the state agency that sets rates for utility companies, including electric. On Feb. 8, 2018, NextEra had asked the IURC to exclude West Fork Wind from the agency’s rate-setting authority. NextEra argued that IURC does not have jurisdiction because it will not be selling... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

West Fork Wind hasn’t provided information; IURC dismisses action

It’s hard saying whether the West Fork Wind project is still a go.

One thing’s for certain: the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has wiped a request from West Fork Wind off of its agenda. 

[The IURC's order can be downloaded from this page and at this link]

West Fork Wind is a project of NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Florida. It originally included putting up turbines in western Fayette County as well as nearby in Rush and Henry counties. The turbines would turn wind into electrical energy that NextEra would sell to other utilities.

The project appears dead in the other counties because of local opposition. But, at least until two years ago, it had been active in Fayette. The company had contacted several local landowners about signing multi-year leases for wind turbine sites. 

The IURC is the state agency that sets rates for utility companies, including electric. On Feb. 8, 2018, NextEra had asked the IURC to exclude West Fork Wind from the agency’s rate-setting authority. NextEra argued that IURC does not have jurisdiction because it will not be selling electricity to consumers. Rather, as a wholesale generating company, it would be selling to other companies. 

The IURC has taken the same action for other wind projects.

After the initial request, NextEra revised the project to exclude the other two counties but did not update the data submitted to IURC. The IURC then asked for revised documents from NextEra, showing the wind turbine locations and how much electricity the revised project would generate, as well as permits needed to build and operate the project. NextEra asked for an extension of time to provide that information, and the IURC went along with that. Five times.

NextEra filed its sixth request for a continuance on May 4. Four days later, on May 8, the IURC dismissed the case, saying that in the five previous continuances, “The Presiding Officers granted each of those motions with the understanding that Petitioner [West Fork Wind LLC] would be able to secure the requisite information within the approved timeline.”

In its docket entry dismissing the action, the IURC also said that when West Fork Wind has obtained the information it needs and operational permits, it can refile.

That does not mean the commission has prohibited West Fork Wind from continuing the project. It only means that this particular matter is off of IURC’s agenda until West Fork is ready to proceed.

When asked about the project’s current status, NextEra responded with a statement from a communications specialist: “We are aware of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s decision to dismiss the West Fork Wind application without prejudice to refiling. Our understanding is this was a procedural decision that does not impact our ability to refile the application when we choose to.

“We are currently marketing the project to potential customers.”

Asked if the company has a timeline for proceeding, the communications specialist, Conlan Kennedy, stated in a second email, “That’s all the information we have for you at this time.”

A spokeswoman for the IURC, Stephanie Hodgin, stated that the agency dismisses cases through docket entries like this one, but it is “relatively rare."

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45047 Procedural Schedule Modification 5 West Fork Wind

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Source: https://www.newsexaminer.co...

MAY 22 2020
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