Minneapolis, Minnesota [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Beginning March 20, 2007, Xcel Energy will be accepting proposals for new Minnesota wind generation resources to be in commercial operation by Dec. 31, 2008. Xcel Energy will seek approvals for any resulting power purchase agreements from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The effort is part of Xcel Energy’s Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) program. In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature directed that each utility establish a tariff for the purchase of C-BED wind energy. The purpose of the tariff is to encourage and promote broader local participation in wind energy development. The submission deadline is April 20, 2007. Xcel Energy is working toward a goal of producing 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020; wind energy is a key component of that goal.