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Minnesota PUC Green-Lights 400 MW Of Wind For Otter Tail Power

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 17, 2017

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has voted unanimously to approve a modified version of Otter Tail Power Co.’s 15-year resource plan, which includes significant investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The PUC’s decision draws on advocacy in a [Read More]

Minnesota Announces Bipartisan Push Toward 50% Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 27, 2017

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, D-Minn., has announced a proposal that would boost Minnesota’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 25% by 2025 to 50% by 2030. According to an announcement from the office of Smith and Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota is [Read More]

Minn. Municipal Power Agency Signs Up For More Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 07, 2017

The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) has expanded its portfolio of renewable resources to include power from the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, a 78 MW project located in Stearns County, Minn. MMPA signed a long-term contract with Sempra U.S. [Read More]

Xcel Green-Lighted For Renewable*Connect Initiative In Minnesota

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 17, 2017

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission has voted to approve a pilot program that will offer Minnesotans a flexible way to tap into wind and solar power, Xcel Energy has announced. Dubbed Renewable*Connect, Xcel’s new program will allow customers to subscribe to [Read More]

Feds Approve Canada-Minnesota Hydro, Wind Transmission Line

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a presidential permit to Minnesota Power’s Great Northern Transmission Line, which will deliver clean energy from Canada’s hydropower resources to Minnesota, as well as strengthen the reliability of the power grid. According to [Read More]

Thanks To Xcel Energy Partnership, Minnesota College Goes 100% Wind

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 16, 2016

Xcel Energy and Northfield, Minn.-based St. Olaf College have joined forces to provide the school with 100% wind energy. St. Olaf will use Windsource, an Xcel Energy program, to power the 56 buildings on its Northfield campus. Choosing renewable energy [Read More]

Xcel Energy Announces REC Program For Minnesota Government

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 21, 2016

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is partnering with the state of Minnesota in an effort to ensure 33% of the State Capitol Complex’s energy comes from renewables. The initiative, part of Xcel’s new Renewable*Connect Government Pilot Program, was announced today by Lt. Gov. [Read More]

Odell Wind Project Gets Up And Running In Minnesota

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 10, 2016

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC) has announced the commercial operations of the 200 MW Odell wind farm, located in Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin and Watonwan counties in Minnesota. Odell, comprising 100 Vestas V110-2.0 MW wind turbines, will produce an average [Read More]

Minnesota Power Releases Wind RFP To Advance Energy Strategy

Posted by Lauren Tyler on July 28, 2016

Electric service provider Minnesota Power has released the first in a series of requests for proposals (RFPs) as part of the company’s resource evaluation process to further its Energy Forward strategy, which calls for a diversified power supply to meet [Read More]

Minnesota Power Resource Plan Includes 100-300 MW Wind Procurement

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 10, 2016

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has voted unanimously to approve Minnesota Power’s 15-year resource plan, which includes investments in wind and solar power and additional coal retirements, says the Sierra Club. This spring, the group says, over 1,500 Minnesotans [Read More]