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Xcel Energy has announced plans to build or purchase an additional 200 MW of wind power resources in North Dakota by 2011. The Minneapolis-headquartered company currently provides wind-generated electricity to North Dakota customers from an 18-turbine site located near Velva, N.D. This existing 12 MW project has the capacity to serve 4,000 to 6,000 homes.

"We are very pleased to increase our wind energy capacity in North Dakota," says Paul Bonavia, Xcel Energy Utilities Group president. "North Dakota has some of the best wind resources in the nation. Utilizing these abundant supplies will help Xcel Energy further our commitment to preserve and protect the environment."

Bonavia also applauded state legislators for implementing a 10% renewable energy objective and enhancing tax incentives related to wind energy. "These factors - along with our plans for increased investments in electric transmission facilities - make this an ideal time to expand our wind energy portfolio in North Dakota," he says.

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