ELK RIVER, Minn., June 5, 2003 — Great River Energy took one more step toward significantly increasing the amount of energy its members receive from renewables when it chose five wind energy proposals for in-depth evaluation. Each proposal represents between 50 MW to 100 MW of wind energy. Great River Energy plans to add 100MW of wind energy to its generation mix by 2005.
Split Rock Energy, which conducts wholesale power marketing and trading for Great River Energy (GRE), issued a Renewable Energy Request for Proposal on behalf of GRE with bids due by April 30. Twenty-five developers responded with 62 bids. Fifty-six bids were for wind energy projects and 6 bids were for other types of renewable energy.
“The wind energy proposals were the most competitively priced, and these five rose to the top,” said Robert Sandberg at Split Rock Energy. The five developers are:
* TRIMONT Area Wind Farm, LLC (southwestern Minnesota)
* Continental Wind Energy, LLC (southwestern Minnesota)
* FPL Energy, LLC (southwestern Minnesota)
* enXco, Inc. (southeastern North Dakota)
* Navitas Energy (northeastern (Iron Range) Minnesota)
In this next phase, the developers are being asked to further address specific issues related to transmission, pricing, operations and equipment, among other things.
Winning bids will be selected by Great River Energy and Split Rock Energy by mid-July.
Great River Energy is a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative providing electricity to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is the second largest power supplier in the state of Minnesota, and the fourth largest cooperative of its type in the nation.