Wind Power In Minnesota Scooped Up By Xcel

Gernomio Wind has a buyer for the power produced at the Prairie Rose Wind Farm in southern Minnesota. Now all it needs to do is build the thing.

Geronimo announced that Xcel Energy, through its Northern States Power Co.-Minnesota subsidiary, has agreed to purchase the energy from the 200-megawatt (MW) capacity plant, which is planned for 25,000 leased acres in Pipestone and Rock counties. Geronimo said construction on the project, consisting of 125 wind turbines, is expected to begin by the end of this year and be completed by the end of 2012.

Minnesota wind farm, Geronimo Wind

image via Geronimo Wind

Wind power development in Minnesota is being driven by the state’s renewable portfolio standard, requiring 25 percent renewables by 2025. Earlier this year, Northern States Power reached a deal for ownership of the 201-MW capacity Nobles Wind project. Xcel also owns the Grand Meadow wind power plant in southeastern Minnesota’s Mower County.

Geronimo Wind is based in Edina, Minn., and has wind farms currently operating or under development in Minnesota and several other Midwestern states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.