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National Wind LLC has formed Goodhue Wind LLC, a community wind development company in Goodhue County, Minn. National Wind, the project's manager, helped capitalize Goodhue Wind alongside local investors. The new company intends to develop a 78 MW wind farm, which will supply energy to Midwestern utilities and ultimately to Midwestern homes and businesses.

Goodhue Wind is in the definitive planning phase of negotiating an interconnection agreement that will handle up to 78 MW of new input to the grid. Goodhue Wind expects the project will be operational beginning in late 2009 or early 2010.

Though the project is one of the smallest community-based projects managed by National Wind, its size efficiently uses available transmission capabilities. Goodhue Wind expects a shorter development period than most utility-scale wind developments, pending approval of the interconnection agreement. With a relatively early anticipated commercial operation date, Goodhue Wind hopes to attract interest from utilities seeking to meet the first targets of the state's renewable portfolio standard.

"Utilities have a tendency to view community-based wind projects more favorably than traditional wind developments," says Jack Levi, co-chairman of National Wind. "By focusing on local needs and local involvement, community projects form solid roots in the community and create strong local support."

SOURCE: National Wind LLC

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