The Big Stone II project participants were Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Heartland Consumers Power District, Missouri River Energy Services and Montana-Dakota Utilities.

As reported, the project required additional participants to move forward, however none have committed.

Dave Goodin, president and CEO of Montana-Dakota Utilities, said: “We have a purchased power agreement through 2015 that was to bridge us to Big Stone II going online; we still have that agreement in place. We will now look at other supply options that are reliable and cost-beneficial for our customers. We have plans to expand our wind production by 30MW in 2010 and will review other generation options.”

In September 2008, Otter Tail Power revealed its withdrawal–both as a participating utility and as the project’s lead developer–from the Big Stone II project.