Basin Electric signs for 300 MW of new wind capacity out of North Dakota

North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative said Dec. 31 that it has signed two power purchase agreements, for a total of 300 MW, associated with the development of two new wind projects in North Dakota.

The developers are a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC out of Juno Beach, Fla., and Tradewind Energy, Lenexa, Kansas.

  • NextEra Energy Resources will be developing the Dickinson Wind Energy Center, a 150-MW project near Richardton, N.D. It is due for completion by the end of 2015; and
  • Tradewind will develop the Lindahl Wind Project, a 150-MW wind farm near Tioga, N.D. It is due for completion by the end of 2016.

Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, said these new wind resources will increase the renewable portion of Basin Electric’s generating portfolio, which includes waste heat, to more than 1,400 MW when combined with other wind commitments made in 2013. “As we develop plans to meet our members’ energy needs, we have not discounted any options that will help keep our member rates low,” Sukut said. “These additional wind purchase opportunities fit nicely into our existing generation portfolio.”

Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources said, “We are pleased to expand our partnership with Basin Electric through our Dickinson Wind Energy Center to bring more renewable energy to Basin’s members.”

“We are tremendously excited to be in North Dakota where the wind energy industry is only beginning to capitalize on the region’s enormous potential,” said Sanjay Bhasin, Tradewind’s senior vice president for business development. “Lindahl will meet the incredible demand in the region with low-cost energy for Basin Electric members, and we are thrilled to make this project happen.”

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