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Public Notice NOTICE OF PROPOSED JOINT SYSTEM PURPA IMPLEMENTATION PLAN AND PETITION FOR WAIVER Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. ("Minnkota") and its Member-owners ("Members"), namely, Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Cass County Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Cavalier Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Clearwater-Polk Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Nodak Electric Cooperative, Inc.; North Star Electric Cooperative, Inc.; PKM Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Red Lake Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Red River Valley Electric Cooperative Power Association; Roseau Electric Cooperative, Inc.; and Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, Inc.; and Northern Municipal Power Agency ("Agency") and its municipal members ("Municipals"), namely Bagley, MN; Baudette, MN; Fosston, MN; Grafton, ND; Halstad, MN; Hawley, MN; Park River, ND; Roseau, MN; Thief River Falls, MN; Warroad, MN; hereby give notice of their proposed Joint System PURPA Implementation Plan ("Implementation Plan") to implement jointly their obligations under Section 210 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 ("PURPA") and under Part 292 of the Regulations of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC"). Section 210 was enacted to encourage production of electric energy by qualifying cogeneration and small power production facilities ("QFs"). The Joint System further gives notice that on or after May 1, 2018, they will file with FERC a joint petition for waiver of certain obligations under Section 292.303 of the FERC's Regulations. Part 292 of FERC's Regulations sets forth the requirements regarding arrangements between electric utilities and QFs. Part 292 requires electric utilities to purchase and sell energy and capacity from and to Qfs. Under the proposed Implementation Plan (and subject to terms and conditions imposed pursuant thereto), Minnkota, Agency, the Members and Municipals would agree to (1) permit any QF to interconnect with the transmission or distribution system of any utility within the Joint System to the extent such QF is entitled to interconnection under Part 292; (2) permit any QF to sell energy and capacity to Minnkota or Agency at rates that comply with Part 292; and (3) permit any QF, regardless of capacity, to purchase supplementary, backup, maintenance and interruptible power on either a firm or nonfirm basis from a Member or Municipal at rates that comply with Part 292. The proposed Implementation Plan may be modified based on public comments, FERC's response to the petition for waiver described below, or otherwise as appropriate. The proposed Implementation Plan is available for review by interested parties at the offices of Minnkota. Copies will be sent to interested parties upon request. Written comments on the proposed Implementation Plan must be submitted on or before April 17, 2018, to Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. Attention: Joel L. Larson, 5301 32nd Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND 58201 or by emailing Copies of written comments will be made available to interested parties. In addition, any interested party may request a public hearing on the proposed Implementation Plan by submitting a written request to the above address no later than April 17, 2018. If timely and properly requested, one or more hearings on the Implementation Plan may take place prior to the FERC filing referenced below. Details regarding the date, time and location of any such hearing(s) will be sent to each person requesting a hearing. A representative of Minnkota and the Members will be present at the hearing(s). In connection with the proposed Implementation Plan, and pursuant to Section 292.402 of FERC's Regulations, on or after May 1, 2018, Minnkota and Agency on behalf of the Members and Municipals within the Joint System, intend to apply for a waiver of certain obligations under Section 292.303 of FERC's Regulations which, if granted, would result in all purchases from QFs being made by Minnkota or Agency and all sales to Qfs interconnected with the Members or Municipals being made by the Members or Municipals. More information on the waiver request is provided in the Implementation Plan. Persons wishing to comment on the waiver request should follow the procedures for written and oral comments on the Joint System PURPA Implementation Plan. The Journal March 17th, 2018