Minneapolis, MN, June 26, 2007 — Xcel Energy asked Minnesota regulators for permission to build and own a 100-megawatt wind farm near Austin, Minn. The proposed Grand Meadow Wind Farm, located in Mower County, would be the first wind farm in Minnesota owned by Xcel Energy and would be operational by the end of 2008.
Xcel Energy has contracted with enXco Development Corp. to build the 100-megawatt wind farm on a site under development by enXco. The project is expected to consist of 67, 1.5-megawatt wind turbines on approximately 40 square miles. enXco filed a separate site permit for the wind farm, which is capable of supporting up to 200 megawatts of wind generation, the balance of which could also be used to meet Minnesota’s energy needs.
In Minnesota, Xcel Energy currently receives approximately 675 megawatts of electricity from wind and plans to add 500 megawatts of wind power under the Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) program by 2010. The utility estimates that it will need to add between 3,000 and 3,400 megawatts of new wind generation to its Minnesota system by 2020 to meet the renewable energy standard passed by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty earlier this year.
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