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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has asked Minnesota regulators for permission to build and own a 100 MW wind farm near Austin, Minn. The proposed Grand Meadow Wind Farm in Mower County would be the first wind farm in Minnesota owned by Xcel and would be operational by the end of next year.

Xcel says it has contracted enXco Development Corp., an EDF-EN company, to build the wind farm, which would have 67 1.5 MW wind turbines. The utility estimates that it will need to add between 3,000 MW and 3,400 MW of new wind generation to its Minnesota system by 2020 to meet the state's renewable portfolio standard.


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