Minnesota Power Issues Utility-Scale Wind RFP for EnergyForward Program


Minnesota Power has issued an RFP for up to 400 MW of wind that can come online by the end of 2027.

As part of its EnergyForward strategy, the company seeks wind resources within the MISO Local Resource Zone 1 with direct interconnections to the transmission system and the ability to enter commercial production in 2026 or 2027.

“The carbon-free future must be sustainable for the climate, customers and communities for everyone to thrive, so we seek projects that will create local jobs, local economic benefits and train people in renewable technologies,” says Minnesota Power COO Josh Skelton. 

“New wind generation in the Upper Midwest can tap into an excellent wind resource and maximize use of regional transmission assets to deliver renewable energy to our customers and fits well with our portfolio of other energy supply resources to reliably meet customer demands around the clock.”

The RFP calls for the company to also acquire up to 300 MW of solar energy that is being evaluated in a separate RFP, along with the 400 MW of wind. 

Minnesota Power will consider both build-own-transfer and PPA projects, with a preference for those between 100 and 200 MW in both categories. An independent third-party evaluator will help the company screen and review proposals.

Proposals will be accepted through April 11.

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