Edison Mission Energy begins construction of Minnesota wind farm

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Lake Benton, Minn., November 4, 2010 – Edison Mission Group, a unit of Edison International, announced that its unit Edison Mission Energy has begun construction of its 10th wind project in Minnesota, the 30-MW Community Wind North project in the southwestern part of the state.

All of the electricity produced by the project will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement to Xcel Energy‘s Northern States Power Co. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-2011.

The project was jointly developed by Southwest Wind Consulting, the Community Energy Developers Board and Lincoln County Enterprise Development, and received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contract with Northern States Power Co. was approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Community Wind North is located in Lincoln County, about six miles west of Lake Benton along Minnesota’s Buffalo Ridge. It will be powered by 12 2.5-MW Clipper wind turbines producing enough power to meet the energy needs of about 10,000 homes.

“Southwest Wind Consulting is pleased to have been part of the development team resulting in the construction of Community Wind North with Edison Mission Energy as equity partner,” said Wayne Hess, president of Southwest Wind Consulting. “This project shall continue to reap benefits for the 150 local Minnesota investors and the Lincoln County landowners who will receive annual lease payments. It will also provide tax relief in the form of Production Tax Revenue on the power produced to the state of Minnesota, Lincoln County and the township of Verdi.”

“The Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corp. has been working to facilitate the development of renewable energy in Lincoln County for many years,” said Vince Robinson, LCEDC executive director. “One of our primary goals is to see that more of the development is accomplished through local initiatives with local investors. This project is a major step in that direction. Community Wind North will be a long-term benefit to its 150 local investors and to the 15 landowners receiving compensation for land leases and easements. The project will also provide additional taxes to the local jurisdictions and will provide many direct and indirect jobs. We at LCEDC are happy to have played a part in making this project a reality.”

The project will support about 30 construction jobs and represents a total investment of $58 million. It will also pay nearly $28 million in taxes and fees to the local and state economies over the next 20 years.

Edison Mission Group is the seventh largest developer of wind energy projects in the U.S. with a current portfolio of 29 projects in operation or under construction in 10 states with a total generating capacity of more than 1,800 MW.

Based in Irvine, Calif., Edison Mission Group is a subsidiary of Edison International.

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