Hoeven, FPL Energy Plan Oliver II Wind Energy Center

Plans to build the Oliver II Wind Energy Center, a 48-megawatt (MW) wind facility near Center, North Dakota, were announced by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven and officials of FPL Energy. It is FPL’s fifth wind project in North Dakota.

Oliver Wind II will consist of 32 1.5-MW turbines set on 80-foot towers. With the company’s adjacent 50.6 MW Oliver Wind I Energy Center, which went into service in December, the expanded wind tower complex will generate nearly 100 MW of electricity under long-term power purchase agreements (PPA) with Minnesota Power. “Cooperation between the state, FPL Energy and power companies,” said Governor Hoeven, “is producing jobs for North Dakotans and clean, efficient renewable power for thousands of customers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.” Construction will begin in the spring with completion expected by January 1, 2008. FPL Energy also has the 49.5 MW Wilton Energy Center north of Bismarck, and the 40.5 MW and 21 MW wind energy centers in Edgeley/Kulm, in southeast North Dakota. In addition to Minnesota Power, FPL has PPAs with Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Otter Tail Power to produce more than 200 MW of electricity for consumers in the Dakotas.
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