Minnesota Power Plans Expansion

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Minnesota Power, a subsidiary of Allete, is planning an expansion at its Bison wind farm in North Dakota. The company plans to increase the generating capacity by 105 MW.

The company sent a letter of intent to the North Dakota Public Service Commission for the project's second phase, which will bring the total capacity on site to 185 MW. The current phase has 31 wind turbines. Phase 2 is expected to have 35.Â

According to the filing, the Bison 2 Wind Project will interconnect with the 230 kV Bison Substation and then be delivered to the Square Butte substation. The wind energy will then be transmitted to Minnesota Power's system via the existing 250kV DC line and existing AC transmission system as available and is intended to be used to meet Minnesota Power's State of Minnesota renewable energy requirements.

Development on Bison 2 is expected to start in early 2012 and be completed by the end of the year. Minnesota Power also expects to install the remaining Bison 1 3 MW turbines by the end of this year.Â

SOURCE: Minnesota Power

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