North Dakota Public Service Commission Authorizes Largest Wind Farm in State

June 11, 2007

The largest wind project in North Dakota is slated to begin construction this month. The Langdon Wind facility is located about 80 miles north of Fargo in Cavalier County and will include up to 106 wind turbines that will have a combined capacity of 159-megawatts (MW).

Otter Tail Corporation and Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. have signed 25-year power purchase agreements with FPL Energy for the electricity the facility will generate. Construction is expected to cost approximately $250 million and could be completed as early as December.

By the end of the year, the Langdon project and others under development will add about 300 MW of wind generation to North Dakota's current wind capacity of about 172 MW.

FPL Energy provides natural gas, wind, solar, hydroelectric, and nuclear power to customers in more than 20 states. It is a subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc., whose other subsidiaries include Florida Power and Light Company and FPL Fibernet. Otter Tail Power Company is based in Fergus Falls Minnesota and serves approximately 130,000 customers in western Minnesota, eastern North Dakota, and northeast South Dakota. Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc. supplies wholesale electricity to 11 distribution cooperatives that serve a 34,500-square-mile area in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. It is also the operating agent for the Northern Municipal Power Agency.

For more information, see the Otter Tail Power Company description of the Langdon project.


Source: June 8 article in SNL Energy Renewable Energy Week

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