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Xcel Energy has proposed a 150 MW wind farm in north-central North Dakota. Located in Rolette County, the Border Winds Project is the fourth new wind resource proposed by the company in its Upper Midwest service territory in the last month, and it brings to 750 MW the total new wind proposed by Xcel Energy in the region.

Xcel says the Border Winds Project would reduce customer costs by an estimated $45 million over the project's life. RES America Developments Inc. would develop the project and then transfer ownership to Xcel.

In July, Xcel Energy requested approval of three wind projects in its NSP territory: power purchase agreements with the 200 MW Odell Wind Farm near Windom, Minn., and the 200 MW Courtenay Wind Farm near Jamestown, N.D., and a sales agreement with RES America Developments Inc. for the 200 MW Pleasant Valley Wind Project near Austin, Minn.

Xcel Energy submitted the projects to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the North Dakota Public Service Commission for consideration.

Decisions on the proposals are expected by late fall. If approved, construction on the projects will begin immediately in order to qualify for the extended federal renewable energy production tax credit. All four projects are scheduled to be in service by the beginning of 2016.




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