Xcel Activates 200-MW Wind Facility in North Dakota

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By Editors of Power Engineering

Xcel Energy announced its 200-MW Courtenay Wind Farm in North Dakota is now operational.

The facility, built near Courtenay, north of Jamestown, was placed in a wind-abundant area to maximize power generation. The facility includes 100 wind turbines on 25,000 acres owned by 60 landowners.

“We’re excited to invest in this project in North Dakota and we appreciate the landowners and policymakers who helped make this project happen,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-North Dakota. “We see wind energy as a low cost and clean part of our energy future, one that will benefit this state as well as the communities and customers we serve.”

Xcel estimated Courtenay Wind Farm will generate $850,000 per year in local tax revenues and $26.5 million in income for the landowners over the next 20 years.

Xcel Energy activated the 150-MW Border Winds Farm in Rolette County, North Dakota at the end of 2015. The company has also proposed another 150-MW wind development in southeastern North Dakota. 

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