Basin Electric Power Cooperative and FPL Energy LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc., have reached an agreement to build an 80 MW wind energy project, with 40 MW in each of the Dakotas.Bismarck, North Dakota – September 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The agreement calls for Basin Electric to purchase the output of the projects, which will be constructed, owned and operated by FPL Energy. It is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2003. The North Dakota is planned near Edgeley, North Dakota in the service territory of Basin’s Class A member-owner Central Power Electric Cooperative, Minot, N.D., and its member Dakota Valley Electric, Milnor, N.D. U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) has been a driving force encouraging the development of wind energy in the state. “Basin Electric is making a substantial investment in North Dakota’s future with this -the biggest wind project in the history of North Dakota. Our goal should be to seize the opportunities that wind and other natural resources in North Dakota present in order to create new economic opportunities and jobs in the state,” said Dorgan. “This project and investment takes us a giant step toward that goal. Clean and limitless energy makes sense for North Dakota and it makes sense for America.” The North Dakota portion of the project will include constructing 11 miles of transmission line to connect the wind farm to an existing substation. Gary Williamson, general manager of Central Power, said the line will have a capacity of 115,000 volts and will be built by Central Power. The South Dakota project is expected to be located near Highmore in the service territory of another of Basin Electric’s Class A member-owner, East River Electric Power Cooperative, Madison, S.D., and its member Dakota Energy Cooperative, Huron, S.D. Basin Electric and East River have also jointly developed another 2.6 MW wind farm near Chamberlain. It became operational in January of this year.