Wind power in Minnesota

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Fenton wind farm at sunrise

At the end of 2016, the installed capacity for wind power in Minnesota was 3,500 megawatts (MW). Wind power generated nearly 18 percent of Minnesota’s electricity in 2016, ranking sixth in the nation for wind energy as a share of total electricity generation.[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), the Odell Wind Farm (200 MW) and the Bent Tree Wind Farm (201 MW).[3][4][5][6] [7]

Transmission Grid Improvements[edit]

Minnesota Electricity Generation Sources in 2016

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.[8][9] in

Minnesota has a renewable portfolio standard requiring 25% of electricity come from renewable sources by 2025.[10]

Statistics[edit]

Wind power in Minnesota
Year Capacity
(MW)[11]

[12] [13]

Generation
(GWh)[14]
Generation
(% of total)
2000 271 725 1.4%
2001 283 897 1.8%
2002 312 906 1.7%
2003 546 978 1.8%
2004 590 812 1.6%
2005 711 1,582 3.0%
2006 861 2,055 3.9%
2007 1,265 2,639 4.8%
2008 1,719 4,355 8.0%
2009 1,776 5,053 9.6%
2010 2,178 4,792 8.9%
2011 2,721 6,726 12.7%
2012 2,988 7,615 14.6%
2013 2,988 8,259 16.1%
2014 3,036 9,691 17.0%
2015 3,236 9,779 17.2%
2016[15] 3,500 10,637 17.7%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Department of Commerce". State Energy Office. 2017-05-18. 
  2. ^ "Minnesota Wind Energy" (PDF). American Wind Energy Association. 2016. 
  3. ^ Province dedicates Canada's largest solar PV project
  4. ^ enXco and Xcel Energy Announce Operation of Nobles Wind Project
  5. ^ Bent Tree Wind Farm up and running
  6. ^ Odell Wind Farm
  7. ^ "21% of Minnesota’s electricity came from renewables in 2015" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Commerce, State Energy Office. 2016-04-02. 
  8. ^ CapX2020 powered up
  9. ^ CapX2020 FAQ
  10. ^ "Geronimo Sells Black Oak Getty Wind Farm To Sempra U.S. Gas & Power". North American Windpower. Zankin Publications, Inc. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (2015-06-30). "Installed Wind Capacity By State". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Installed Wind Capacity". Minnesota Department of Commerce. 2017-05-18. 
  13. ^ "MRETS Generators". Midwest Energy Tracking System. Retrieved 2017-05-18. 
  14. ^ "1990-2015, Net Generation by State by Type of Producer by Energy Source (EIA-906, EIA-920, and EIA-923)". U.S. Energy Information Administration. October 2016. Retrieved 2017-05-18. 
  15. ^ "Electric Power Monthly with Data for December 2016" (PDF). U.S. Energy Information Administration. Retrieved 2017-05-18. 

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