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Minnesota Power, an electricity provider headquartered in Duluth, Minn., plans to sign a long-term power purchase agreement for all of the energy generated from a 48 MW proposed wind farm in North Dakota.

The Oliver Wind II Energy Center would be constructed, owned and operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of FPL Energy. It would be located adjacent to the 50.6 MW Oliver Wind I Energy Center located near Center, N.D. The Oliver Wind I Energy Center began commercial operation in December 2006, with Minnesota Power purchasing all of the output under a long-term agreement.

The Oliver Wind II Energy Center is expected to be composed of 32 1.5 MW GE wind turbines. The facility would be capable of generating enough electricity to power approximately 15,000 homes, the company says. The new project is expected to be operational by the end of 2007 - pending regulatory and other approvals.

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