Bioenergy, Project Development, Wind Power

21 MW Wind Power Purchase

Otter Tail Power Company has reached an agreement with FPL Energy to purchase 21 MW of energy from a wind project that FPL Energy will develop and own near Kulm, North Dakota.

Kulm, North Dakota – April 15, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “Our mission is to provide low-cost, reliable energy to our customers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota,” said Chuck MacFarlane, Otter Tail Power Company Interim President. “We entered into this agreement because the right pieces were in place for this particular project to produce economical energy.” MacFarlane pointed out that wind power has made significant technological advances in the last two decades. The turbines that capture the wind’s energy and convert it to electric energy are more efficient and more reliable. In addition, federal tax credits have helped to reduce the cost of wind energy. “This 21 MW, together with conservation measures and other new resources, helps Otter Tail Power Company to meet our long-term requirements for energy and capacity,” said MacFarlane. “It also fits into our Renewable Energy objective requirement for Minnesota.” The three states that Otter Tail Power Company serves are wind rich. In fact, they are among the top ten in the nation for wind resources. The North Dakota wind farm will have 14, 1.5 MW turbines that will be operational by year-end. Each three-bladed rotor and turbine will be mounted atop a tubular tower, putting the rotor hub height at 64 meters (210 feet). The 16-foot-diameter tower is manufactured in sections from steel plate. With this power purchase, by 2004 about 9.5 percent of Otter Tail Power Company’s total resources will come from Renewable Energy including hydropower, biomass and wind. The company will continue to offer TailWinds green-pricing program to customers. “Wind offers environmental benefits and helps us as a nation to diversify our energy sources,” said Michael O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for FPL Energy. FPL Energy owns more than 50 percent of the new wind generation capacity constructed in the United States in 2001 and in 2002. FPL Energy is the nation’s leader in wind energy, with 28 wind facilities in ten states.