The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) has unanimously approved Minnesota Power's request for approval of investments and expenditures in its Bison 2 wind project for recovery through a renewable resources rider, Minnesota Power has announced.
Minnesota Power's MPUC filing documented the cost advantage of adding the Bison 2 project in 2012, due, in part, to recent capital cost reductions for wind turbines, a windy location and the federal production tax credit available within the timing of the project.
Bison 2 is a 105 MW wind farm located near New Salem, N.D., that will consist of 35 Siemens direct-drive wind turbines. The $157 million project will be located adjacent to Minnesota Power's Bison 1 project, which is now under construction.
The renewable energy will be delivered to Minnesota Power customers via the company's direct-current transmission line linking Center, N.D., and Minnesota Power's Arrowhead Substation near Duluth. Bison 2 is expected to be online in 2012, and the second phase of Bison 1 is scheduled for completion this year.