The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved Minnesota Power's 2013 resource plan, which includes adding 200 MW of wind energy to the utility's system.
The company says the plan is based on its EnergyForward resource strategy, which further transitions Minnesota Power's energy supply mix toward one-third renewables, one-third coal and one-third natural gas.
Among other components, the commission-approved plan includes the addition of 200 MW of wind energy, which Minnesota Power is proposing to meet through its recently announced Bison 4 project near New Salem, N.D. In addition, the plan allows a reduction of coal-fired generation on the company's fleet by 185 MW.
"We're pleased with the commission's decision approving our plan for Minnesota Power to continue diversifying its energy mix in a balanced way that helps ensure reasonable cost and reliability along with increased environmental stewardship," says Alan R. Hodnik, president, chairman and CEO of ALLETE, Minnesota Power's parent company.