Minnesota Power Announces Second Wind Energy Project

Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, plans to expand its use of wind-generated electricity through the long-term purchase of energy generated from a 48-megawatt (MW) wind facility. The proposed Oliver Wind II Energy Center would be constructed, owned and operated in central North Dakota by a wholly owned subsidiary of FPL Energy.

The Oliver Wind II Energy Center is to be located adjacent to the 50.6-MW Oliver Wind I Energy Center. The Oliver Wind I Energy Center began commercial operation in December 2006, with Minnesota Power purchasing all of the output under a long-term agreement. The Oliver Wind II Energy Center is expected to be operational by the end of 2007, pending regulatory and other approvals. The Oliver Wind II Energy Center will be comprised of 32 wind turbines, built by General Electric, each able to generate 1.5 MW. This agreement brings Minnesota Power closer to reaching the State of Minnesota’s 10 percent renewable energy objective by the year 2015. “We look forward to working with FPL Energy once again on a wind energy facility,” said ALLETE CEO Don Shippar. “This project is consistent with Minnesota Power’s strategy of building a more diversified generation portfolio.”

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