Minnesota Utility Commits to Further Wind Projects

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Great River Energy filed its Integrated Resource Plan with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The plan, which analyzes the future electricity needs of Great River Energy’s 28 member cooperatives, identifies the need to add approximately 1200-1400 MW of capacity over the next 10 years to satisfy an increase in member demand for electricity. In addition to this needed capacity, Great River Energy will continue to add increments of wind energy to meet the state’s renewable energy objective. Great River Energy already is ahead of the prescribed schedule for the state’s renewable energy objective with more than 2 percent of its energy from renewable resources. Later this year, the cooperative will begin taking power from Minnesota’s first commercial-scale, landowner-developed wind farm, making an additional stride towards achieving the 10 percent renewable energy objective by 2015. The project, which is located near Trimont in southwestern Minnesota, will begin delivering 100 megawatts of wind energy to Great River Energy and its member cooperatives later this year.

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