Xcel wins OK to build 4 new wind farms
Xcel’s wind farms are expected to generate enough power to support 200,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.5 million tons each year. Two of the projects would be built in North Dakota, and the other two would be built in Minnesota. Some of the projects still need additional regulatory approval, including by North Dakota utility regulators.
While Xcel wouldn’t say how much the projects would cost, the company did say the projects would save ratepayers $225 million during the projects’ life span.
“Wind energy is a clean, low-cost substitute for natural gas and other fuels right now,” Dave Sparby, Xcel’s regional chief executive, said in a statement (David Shaffer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oct. 18). — WW