Project Development, Utility Scale, Wind Power

Xcel Energy Doubles Wind Generation Capacity in Power Portfolio

Xcel Energy recently doubled the amount of wind power generating capacity in its portfolio.

The utility in early December acquired the 150 MW Border Wind Farm in Rolette County, North Dakota. In addition, Xcel Energy’s 200 MW Pleasant Valley Wind Farm in Austin, Minn., came online in November.

“Adding these two wind farms to our system is a significant step forward in our work to cut carbon emissions and shows our commitment to deliver 35 percent renewable energy to our Upper Midwest customers by 2030,” Chris Clark, regional president, Xcel Energy, said in a statement. “This clean energy also comes at a reasonable cost, at prices competitive with new natural gas generation.”

The two projects are part of Xcel Energy’s plan to add 750 MW of clean wind energy to its Upper Midwest in the next two years. The company said it will buy wind power from the 200 MW Odell Wind Farm near Windom, Minn., which is expected to begin operations by mid-2016. In addition, construction started on the 200 MW Courtenay Wind Farm in North Dakota and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016, Xcel Energy said.

Prior to the addition of the Border and Pleasant Valley projects, Xcel Energy owned the 100 MW Grand Meadow Wind Farm and 200 MW Nobles Wind Farm in Minnesota, and the 25 MW Ponnequin Wind Farm in Colorado, according to the Xcel Energy website.

Lead image: Wind farm, Limon, Colo. Credit: Shutterstock.