Gas, New Projects, Wind

Otter Tail Approved for 250-MW Gas Project, Wind Development Delayed

By Editors of Power Engineering

North Dakota regulators approved Otter Tail Power’s plans for a 250-MW gas plant to be constructed in South Dakota, though a decision on the company’s proposed wind facility was delayed, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The Astoria Station is planned for construction 80 miles north of Sioux Falls, and will be in service by 2021. Power generated from that project will help replace generation from the coal-fired Hoot Lake plant in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, which will be retired the same year.

Otter Tail also wants to construct a 150-MW wind facility 15 miles south of Edgely, though regulators delayed the siting decision, saying more time was needed to review the information.

The facility would include 75 turbines and is planned for a 2019 activation.