in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

Minnesota's largest wind farm and the state's largest transmission line built to carry wind power into the Twin Cities were dedicated and will soon become fully operational, subject to final approvals by the regional transmission operator.

A total of 137 wind turbines, with a maximum generating capacity of 205 MW, comprise enXco's Fenton Wind Project in southwestern Minnesota.

Xcel Energy's 345 kV transmission line, along with two major 115 kV lines, will deliver the power into the Minnesota high-voltage transmission grid, allowing delivery of power from the Fenton wind farm and other wind power resources from the Buffalo Ridge region of the state into the Twin Cities area.

Under a 20-year agreement, wind farm developer enXco will own and operate the Fenton wind park and sell all the energy it produces to Xcel Energy, an electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight states.

Approximately 515 MW of wind power has been installed in the Buffalo Ridge area and about 350 MW of additional wind power is planned to be online by 2008.

Existing transmission from the region was not able to carry the anticipated wind power load until the new transmission lines were completed. An additional leg of the 345 kV transmission line soon will be completed into Sioux Falls in order to support the transmission grid in that region.


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Six Key Takeaways From The IRS' Start Of Construction Guidance: What You Need To Know

The IRS recently issued guidance to wind developers to further spell out what "start of construction" means. Will you be covered?


Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.


IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addresses how much work is needed on a wind farm to satisfy production tax credit (PTC) eligibility.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
Tower Conference_id1965