99-MW Wind Energy Acquisition

Location: Minnesota

Client: Confidential

Burns & McDonnell is assisting a confidential client with siting and acquiring a 99-megawatt (MW) wind farm site under development by a third party. Burns & McDonnell is conducting due diligence activities for a general site area consisting of approximately 45,000 acres (70 square miles) and includes the review of environmental resources, potential constraints, permitting, potential study requirements and document review. In addition to the environmental resources, airports, public recreation areas, residential areas, etc. are also being reviewed. The due diligence will be used by the client to select a smaller preferred site area, which is anticipated to be 20,000 to 25,000 acres. The information collected will be used to determine risks or constraints that could be encountered if the site is acquired. Burns & McDonnell expects to continue supporting this client with site development.

  • Environmental review
  • Permitting review
  • Windshield surveys
  • Due diligence
  • Geographic information system (GIS) mapping
  • Public service commission assistance

The client is proposing to acquire a site in order to construct and operate a wind energy facility to help meet State Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements. The project, as proposed, will consist of approximately 66 1.5-MW General Electric wind turbines spread over approximately 10,000 to 15,000 acres. The facilities/equipment associated with the project include wind turbines, access/service roads, underground collection system and a substation.

  • Site selection
  • Site acquisition
  • Development project
  • Wind-powered renewable energy
  • Public service commission involvement