Basin Electric signs deals for power out of Infinity wind projects

Basin Electric Power Cooperative said Nov. 6 that it has signed two power purchase agreements associated with the development of two new wind projects in North Dakota with a combined capacity of 278 MW.

The developer is Infinity Wind Power out of Santa Barbara, Calif. Infinity Wind Power will be developing the Sunflower Wind Project and the Antelope Hills Wind Project. The projects are planned to be operational by the end of 2015.

  • The Sunflower project is a 106-MW facility to be located in Morton County near Hebron, N.D.
  • The Antelope Hills project is a 172-MW facility to be located in Mercer County near Golden Valley, N.D.

Andrew Serri, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, said this new generation will increase the renewable portion of Basin Electric’s generating portfolio, which includes waste heat, to more than 1,000 MW.

“This is a result of a request for proposal we issued last June. We received very favorable offers from these developers,” Serri said. “These projects will fit nicely into our existing generation portfolio.”

“Infinity Wind Power is pleased to provide this low-cost energy resource to Basin Electric,” said Matt Riley, Infinity Wind Power CEO. “The communities in and around these projects have been incredibly supportive over the years, and we are excited to bring them the economic benefits that come with wind power construction and operation. Harnessing North Dakota’s wind to provide power to Basin Electric’s diverse membership base has been our objective for several years, so we’re thrilled that these projects are moving forward.”

Basin Electric is one of the largest electric generation and transmission cooperatives in the United States. Its members’ service territories cover 540,000 square miles in nine states; Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Infinity’s website shows three wind projects – in Kansas and Nebraska – already in operation, and several others in the development stage, including these two projects in North Dakota. The biggest of the in-development projects are all in Kansas; Horse Thief (500 MW), Iron Star (500 MW), Santa Fe (500 MW) and Western Plains (700 MW).

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