Minnesota Power begins operations at wind energy farm in North Dakota

Minnesota Power, a division of Allete Inc. (NYSE: ALE), completed phases two and three of the 210 MW Bison Wind Energy Center in North Dakota. The project is now operational and the commissioning process has been completed.

Bison 2 and 3 uses 70 Siemens (NYSE: SI) 3 MW turbines. The electricity from the plant is being moved to Minnesota over a 465-mile direct current transmission line and is replacing power produced by the Young coal-fired power plant in North Dakota.

Bison 1 is an 82 MW farm using 31 wind turbines. The final stage of the launch involves control testing that demonstrates that the Bison project can function with all three phases working together.

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