Xcel Proposes Four Wind Facilities in Minnesota and North Dakota

By Editors of Power Engineering

Xcel Energy announced a proposal to build four new wind facilities totaling 750 MW in Minnesota and North Dakota.

The company noted the announcement is part of the company’s plan to move away from coal while still providing cost-effective electricity.

“This is a big day for Xcel Energy and our customers as we take our wind leadership to a new level, while bringing value to our customers,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy–Minnesota. “We’re building an energy future with low-cost wind that delivers the renewable energy customers want at an affordable price.”

The four projects include:

·      Freeborn Wind Energy, a 200 MW project located in Freeborn County, Minnesota, developed by Invenergy

·      Foxtail Wind, a 150 MW project located in Dickey County, North Dakota, developed by NextEra Energy Resources

·      Blazing Star 1, a 200 MW project located in Lincoln County, Minnesota, developed by Geronimo Energy

·      Blazing Star 2, a 200 MW project located in Lincoln County, Minnesota, developed by Geronimo Energy

Clark said the new wind portfolio helps the company achieve the goal of doubling its renewable energy sources over the next 15 years and reduce carbon emissions by 60 percent from 2005 levels.

Xcel’s plan to shut down two coal-fired plants in Minnesota by 2026 was approved earlier this month, though the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission did not approve replacing some of the lost generation with a combined-cycle gas-fired plant and recommended seeking more renewable energy sources. 

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