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Pleasant Valley Wind Farm to produce wind energy by 2015

A 200 megawatt wind power project is set to be operational by end of 2015 near Austin, Minnesota.

Renewable energy developer RES Americas Developments Inc. and utility Xcel Energy are working together to construct the Pleasant Valley Wind Farm.

RES Americas, a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc., is the developer and constructor of Pleasant Valley. Once the wind farm is up and running, RES Americas will transfer ownership to Xcel Energy who will own and continue to operate the project.

The development and construction of Pleasant Valley will begin in mid-2014 and continue on till the end of 2015.

The Pleasant Valley Wind Farm is actually part of the 600 megawatt wind portfolio recently announced by Xcel Energy for its Upper Midwest service territory. In February, Xcel Energy submitted Pleasant Valley and two other projects to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commissions and the North Dakota Public Service Commission for consideration.

Combined, the three projects will produce enough energy for 180,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 1.2 million tons a year in the Upper Midwest. They will also lower customer costs by $180 million over the lives of the project.

Xcel Energy is currently attempting to introduce cleaner power into their energy mix and, in the Upper Midwest service territory, is already on track to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent in 2020 from 2005 levels.

“Wind power is simply the cheapest resource available right now, and we are taking the opportunity afforded by the P.T.C. extension to further shape our systems for the future,” said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Xcel Energy. – EcoSeed Staff

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