Chaska, Minnesota [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Outland Renewable Energy, LLC has announced a plan to build a community-owned wind generator power line to move wind energy from the wind-belt of southwest Minnesota to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) area.
The Minnesota Independence Line will be a high-voltage transmission line approximately 150 miles in length, running from the Buffalo Ridge area to the Twin Cities area and will have the potential to move up to 3,000 megawatts of power. Outland hopes to have the line operational in 2012. The line will increase the ability of wind energy resources available to meet the increasing demand for renewable energy.“Outland is proud of its mission to harness the power of wind, creating a clean, safe and secure energy future for our communities,” said Ingrid Bjorklund, vice president of government affairs and associate general counsel for Outland. “We are tackling the transmission bottleneck with an innovative solution to get the state’s abundant wind energy to market sooner.”