Wind power in Minnesota

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Fenton wind farm at sunrise

At the end of 2014, the installed capacity for wind power in Minnesota was 3,035 megawatts (MW) with wind power accounting for nearly 16% of the electricity generated in the state during 2014.[1]

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).[2][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]in

Minnesota has a renewable portfolio standard requiring 25% of electricity come from renewable sources by 2025.[8]

Statistics[edit]

Wind power in Minnesota
Year Capacity
(MW)[9]
Generation
(GWh)
Generation
(% of total)
2000 291
2001 320
2002 338
2003 558
2004 600
2005 745
2006 896
2007 1,300
2008 1,753
2009 1,810 5,053 9.6%
2010[10] 2,205 5,231 9.7%
2011[11] 2,718 6,826 12.7%
2012[12] 2,987 7,529 14.3%
2013[13] 2,987 8,065 15.7%
2014[14] 3,035 9,060 15.9%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Wind Energy" (PDF). American Wind Energy Association. 2015. 
  2. ^ Province dedicates Canada's largest solar PV project
  3. ^ enXco and Xcel Energy Announce Operation of Nobles Wind Project
  4. ^ Bent Tree Wind Farm up and running
  5. ^ Odell Wind Farm
  6. ^ CapX2020 powered up
  7. ^ CapX2020 FAQ
  8. ^ "Geronimo Sells Black Oak Getty Wind Farm To Sempra U.S. Gas & Power". North American Windpower. Zankin Publications, Inc. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (2015-06-30). "Installed Wind Capacity By State". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  10. ^ "Electric Power Monthly with Data for December 2010" (PDF). U.S. Energy Information Administration. March 2011. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  11. ^ "Electric Power Monthly with Data for December 2011" (PDF). U.S. Energy Information Administration. February 2012. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Electric Power Monthly with Data for December 2012" (PDF). U.S. Energy Information Administration. February 2013. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  13. ^ "Electric Power Monthly with Data for December 2013" (PDF). U.S. Energy Information Administration. February 2014. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  14. ^ "Electric Power Monthly with Data for December 2014" (PDF). U.S. Energy Information Administration. February 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 

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