Wind Power Expands for Northland Utility Company

By KBJR News 1

Wind Power Expands for Northland Utility Company

March 25, 2011 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) By the year 2025 Minnesotan Power companies will be required to have 25–percent of their sold electricity come from renewable energy sources.

Minnesota Power has begun to expand their renewable energy portfolio a little bit more by the addition of 35 more wind turbines which will generate 105 megawatts. This energy from these new turbines will transmit to the Northland via High Voltage Direct Current transmission lines.
The 35 wind turbines will be owned and operated by Minnesota Power and will be built in North Dakota.

"This is really the right time to be building. North Dakota has some of the best resources in the country. Also it's a buyers market in the turbine industry. And we will be able to take advantage of a federal tax credit that expires in 2012", said Amy Rutledge with Minnesota Power.

This second set of wind turbines also called Bison 2 will accompany the Bison 1 wind turbine project which is scheduled to be completed later this year.