$730 Million Transmission Line to Harness Wind Energy

Thursday, October 18, 2012


The Big Stone South to Ellendale (BSSE) Transmission Line is a proposed approximately 150-175 mile transmission line from the proposed Big Stone South substation near Big Stone City, SD, to the proposed Ellendale 345 kV substation near Ellendale, ND. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and Otter Tail Power Company jointly will develop, construct and operate it.

Wind energy developers and clean energy advocates say grid congestion has stymied expansion of the wind industry. New transmission improves the reliability of the grid for all users and provides an outlet for wind generation, Rebenitsch said.

“This will help those projects that are ready to go and can be constructed within the next year,” when a federal tax credit for wind generation expires, he said. “Now there’s going to be a move to get those projects built that can get built, since they have the surety that the transmission will be there.”


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