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August 26, 2013

Four New Wind Farms In The Upper Midwest Could Power 750,000 Homes

Mari Hernandez is a Research Associate on the Energy team at the Center for American Progress, Climate Progress  •    •  Posted 2013-08-26 12:08:44

Last week, Minneapolis-based utility Xcel Energy proposed its fourth wind farm in the Upper Midwest since mid-July. If approved, the 150-megawatt Border Winds Project would be developed in North Dakota near the U.S.-Canadian border and produce enough electricity to save customers an estimated $45 million over its lifetime while reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 320,000 tons. In July, Xcel Energy — the nation’s top utility for wind-based power — proposed to add 600 megawatts of wind energy through three wind farms in North Dakota and Minnesota. With the addition of the Border Winds Project, Xcel could save customers more than $220 million and add a total of 750 megawatts of wind power to its existing Midwest portfolio, which would bring its wind capacity total in the region to 2,550 megawatts — or enough power to serve over 750,000 homes. [ read more … ]

Whirlwind of construction on horizon for Nebraska’s Diller/Steele City area

By ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS / Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2013-08-26 12:09:07

The Monday morning commute in the Diller and Steele City area might be an eye-opener. A parade of flatbed trucks loaded with sections for 262-foot-high metal towers, and possibly 160-foot-long turbine blades, will start to arrive in the area for the Steele Flats Wind Project. [ read more … ]

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