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

Federal Appeals Court Finds Obama's Wind Farm Decision Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. government violated the constitutional rights of Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. when ordering the divestment of four Oregon wind farms.


Renewables Make Up Over 50% Of New U.S. Power In First Half Of 2014

According to a recent government report, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, continue to dominate new electric generating capacity.


Suzlon Facility Lends Key Assist In Developing 'The Wind Technicians Of Tomorrow'

The turbine manufacturer’s Elgin, Ill.-based training facility is the culmination of a program that puts a new twist on a proven method of instruction.


Having Their Say: CanWEA Clarifies True Source Of Canadian Wind Success

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) takes issue with a recent report summary regarding various renewable energy policies in North America.


FWS Issues Landmark Eagle Take Permit: What Does It Mean For Wind Projects?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) recent decision has far-ranging implications for operating wind farms, as well as for those under development.

Navigant_id1983
Renewable NRG_id1934