Allete to buy wind power facilities in three states

Allete Clean Energy, a unit of Allete Inc., signed a purchase agreement to purchase wind farms in Minnesota, Iowa and Oregon from The AES Corp. in early 2014 and also signed an option agreement to buy a fourth wind energy facility in Pennsylvania in mid-2015.

Under the acquisition agreement, Allete Clean Energy would acquire AES’ position in operating wind energy projects in Lake Benton, Minnesota, Storm Lake, Iowa, and Condon, Oregon. with a total output of 231 MW for $27 million.

All three wind farms to be acquired have power purchase agreements in place for their entire electric output. The project sites enjoy favorable wind resources in their respective areas, are supported by local communities, and are currently staffed by about 40 skilled technicians.

Pursuant to the option agreement, Allete Clean Energy will have an option to acquire the 101 MW Armenia Mountain, Pennsylvania wind farm. That project became operational in 2009 and has two long-term power purchase agreements in place. It is located in the PJM Interconnection electricity market area near the Pennsylvania-New York border.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval and is expected to close early 2014. Morgan Stanley is acting as financial advisor to Allete Clean Energy for this transaction.

Allete Clean Energy was established in 2011 to acquire or develop capital projects to create energy solutions by way of wind, solar, biomass, hydro, natural gas, shale resources, clean coal technology and other emerging energy innovations.

Allete Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. Allete’s energy businesses include Minnesota Power, Superior Water, Light & Power Co., BNI Coal and Allete Clean Energy.

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