Xcel Energy Acquires Lake Benton Wind Energy Center

The project will give new life to older wind farms, increasing their efficiency and locking in the benefits of low-cost wind for customers. Two other wind projects in southwest Minnesota, Jeffers and Community Wind North will soon be rebuilt with new technology

December 19, 2019. By Hemant Arora

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Xcel Energy has bought the Lake Benton II Wind Energy Center, a project located in Pipestone County, Minn., that was originally built in 1999, as per the reports. 
A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC has owned and operated Lake Benton Wind from the year 2000. The company then led the recent rebuilding of the project into Lake Benton II.

The site has been updated with new technology that will increase the amount energy the project will deliver to Upper Midwest customers. The project will give new life to older wind farms, increasing their efficiency and locking in the benefits of low-cost wind for customers. Two other wind projects in southwest Minnesota, Jeffers and Community Wind North will soon be rebuilt with new technology and combined into the new Longroad Wind, which has received Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approval.
Xcel Energy has also requested approval to rebuild the Mower project in southeast Minnesota, as per the reports. 
 
All of these projects will be constructed in next year, with the removal and replacement of the original turbines. According to Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, “Rebuilding original wind projects is key to our long-term strategy of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030 while keeping bills low for our customers. Projects like these will give the wind industry new opportunities.”
 
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