In releasing its resource plan for 2013, Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, says it may consider adding more wind energy on its system now that the federal production tax credit (PTC) has been extended.
With the recent extension of the PTC, the company says it is analyzing adding more wind to its energy mix. However, the utility did not give specifics. Minnesota Power recently completed three phases of the Bison Wind Project in North Dakota, delivering more than 400 MW of wind energy to customers.
In addition to renewable energy, other elements of its resource strategy include energy conservation programs, construction of a major transmission line to facilitate delivery of carbon-free hydropower, fleet transition of small coal units and the addition of natural gas resources.