Fargo, North Dakota [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Xcel Energy announced plans to build or purchase 200 megawatts (MW) of wind power resources in North Dakota by 2011. By the close of this year, the company plans to have at least 2,800 MW of wind energy capacity.“We are very pleased to increase our wind energy capacity in North Dakota,” said Paul Bonavia, Xcel Energy Utilities Group president. Xcel Energy currently provides wind-generated electricity to North Dakota customers from an 18-turbine 12-MW project site near Velva. Bonavia also applauded state legislators for implementing a 10 percent renewable energy objective and enhancing tax incentives related to wind energy. “These factors along with our plans for increased investments in electric transmission facilities make this an ideal time to expand our wind energy portfolio in North Dakota,” he said. “We’re excited about Xcel Energy’s plans to expand its clean wind energy portfolio in North Dakota,” said Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple. “We look forward to working with them to discuss the new investment tax credits and other wind energy incentives passed in the recent legislative session.” AWEA recently ranked Xcel Energy the No. 1 wind power provider in the nation.