Wind power in Minnesota

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Fenton wind farm at sunrise

At the end of 2012, the installed capacity for wind power in Minnesota was 2,986 megawatts (MW) with wind power accounting for 14.3% of the electricity generated in the state during 2012.[1][2]

Large wind farms in Minnesota include the Buffalo Ridge Wind Farm (225 MW), the Fenton Wind Farm (205.5 MW), the Nobles Wind Farm (201 MW) and the Bent Tree Wind Farm (201 MW).[3][4][5]

Transmission grid improvements[edit]

Minnesota Electricity Generation Sources in 2013

The CapX2020 project (capacity expansion 2020) is developing the transmission grid infrastructure to improve capacity, reliability, and support further wind power development. The project is mostly in Minnesota but reaches into North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin as well. One phase of the project, a line from Monticello to St. Cloud was completed in 2011. Other lines will run from near Brookings, South Dakota to Hampton, Minnesota, from Fargo, North Dakota to St. Cloud, and from LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Hampton. The project involves constructing about 590 miles of 345 kV transmission line and 68 miles of 238 kV transmission line. CapX2020 is expected to be completed around 2015.[6][7]

Wind generation[edit]

Minnesota Wind Generation Capacity by Year
Megawatts of generation capacity[1][8]
Minnesota Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2010 4,792 471 311 499 541 494 342 309 372 344 432 505 534
2011 6,826 495 697 566 672 707 503 313 295 359 732 807 716
2012 7,529 830 601 716 704 726 583 376 399 481 766 705 625
2013 4,223 826 636 674 760 773 554

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Minnesota Wind Generation in 2013

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