Wind Energy

Minnkota and its members have been at the forefront of wind energy development in North Dakota. The first two commercial-scale wind turbines in the state’s history were built through Minnkota’s Infinity Renewable Energy Program near the towns of Petersburg and Valley City. The sustained success of those first turbines jumpstarted efforts to harness the area’s abundant wind energy capabilities.

Presently, Minnkota purchases energy from North Dakota wind resources with a total nameplate generating capacity of 457 megawatts (MW). Affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources own and operate the wind farms.

 

Minnkota also administers the Infinity Renewable Energy Program on behalf of its member cooperatives and the municipals associated with the Northern Municipal Power Agency. This program allows consumers to choose how much of the energy they purchase is derived from renewable resources. Contact your member cooperative or municipal to learn more.

Langdon Wind Energy center

Near Langdon, N.D.

The Langdon Wind Energy Center is a 379-megawatt (MW) wind farm owned by affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources. The wind farm has approximately 250 turbines rated at 1.5 MW each. Energy production from the facility is purchased by Minnkota (217.5 MW), Otter Tail Power Company (110.5 MW) and Great River Energy (51 MW). The project was completed in stages between 2008 and 2009.

Ashtabula Wind Energy Center

Near Valley City, N.D.

The Ashtabula Wind Energy Center is a 199.5-megawatt (MW) wind farm owned by affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources. The wind farm has approximately 133 turbines rated at 1.5 MW each. Energy production from the facility is purchased by Minnkota (139.5 MW) and Otter Tail Power Company (60 MW). The project was completed in 2007.

Oliver Wind energy center

Near Center, N.D.

The Oliver Wind Energy Center is a 199-megawatt (MW) wind farm owned by affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources. The wind farm has approximately 98 turbines rated between 1.5 and 2.3 MW each. Energy production from the facility is purchased by Minnkota (100 MW) and Minnesota Power (99 MW). The first two stages of the project were completed in 2006-2007. The third stage was completed in 2017.

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Minnkota Power Cooperative provides wholesale electric energy to 11 member-owner distribution cooperatives in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

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P.O. Box 13200
Grand Forks, ND 58208-3200

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