Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s plan to expand wind energy in the Upper Midwest.
These wind energy projects will save Xcel Energy customers billions of dollars, compared to other sources of energy. According to the press release, seven new wind farms are slated to be built in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota and will be operational by the end of 2020. The projects will provide enough energy to power more than 800,000 homes, increasing Xcel Energy’s regional wind output by approximately 70 percent.
Here is the list of wind energy projects Xcel has been approved for:
• Freeborn Wind Energy, a 200 MW project located in Freeborn County, Minnesota, and Worth and Mitchell Counties, Iowa.
• Foxtail Wind, a 150 MW project located in Dickey County, North Dakota.
• Blazing Star 1, a 200 MW project located in Lincoln County, Minnesota.
• Blazing Star 2, a 200 MW project located in Lincoln County, Minnesota.
• Crowned Ridge Wind Project, a 600 MW project located in Codington County, South Dakota.
• Lake Benton Wind Project, a 100 MW project in Pipestone County, Minnesota.
• Clean Energy 1, a 100 MW project in Morton and Mercer counties, North Dakota.
All Xcel wind projects are expected to be completed by 2020 which means they will qualify for the Production Tax credit.
President, Xcel Energy-Minnesota, Chris Clark said, “We’re investing in low-cost wind energy to provide the benefits of clean, affordable energy directly to our customers,”
“These projects deliver on our plan to keep energy costs low while also reducing carbon emissions by more than 60 percent in the coming decades.”
“Our strategy delivers the long-term value our customers tell us they want. These projects give our customers both lower bills over the long term and predictable prices, in addition to a cleaner energy mix.”