French Build Wind Power in the Heartland

A North American company owned by the French is celebrating a groundbreaking ceremony on a new project in Minnesota slated to provide energy to Indiana. Welcome to the new world of wind power.

This 205.5 megawatt (MW) wind project is being developed by enXco, which is owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles. Although the plant spans an area of approximately 20,000 acres of farmland near Lakefield, Minnesota–and presumably will create some jobs there–it will actually be residents of Indiana who will benefit from the green energy produced, via a 20 year power purchase agreement by Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL).

Wind Turbines enXo

image via enXco

“With the addition of the energy from the Lakefield project, IPL will now have about 7% of our generation portfolio for retail customers coming from wind resources,” said Ann Murtlow, IPL’s president & CEO, in a statement. She went on to add that this places IPL among the leading Indiana utilities utilizing renewable energy in the form of wind.

The Lakefield Wind Project is enXco’s ninth such facility in Minnesota and will also the largest wind energy project in Minnesota since enXco’s Fenton Wind Project was launched in 2007. The new plant is expected to be fully operational by the fall of 2011.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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