Renewables, Wind

Xcel Energy plans on 200 MW in new wind projects by 2021

Minnesota-based utility Xcel Energy announced Wednesday that it plans to add another 200 MW of wind energy to serve customers in the upper Midwest.

Xcel is seeking proposals from wind developers for new projects. The utility which provides electricity in Minnesota, Colorado and six other states, has vowed to achieve 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2050.

More than 3.7 GW of wind projects are under way through 2021, according to Xcel. Most of those are in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

A portion of the new wind energy outputs will provide power for Xcel’s Renewable*Connect customer program. Subscribers bought out the entire first phase of the program last year.

“We’re committed to delivering the clean energy our customers want, and the new projects will help us expand our industry-leading Renewable*Connect program,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “As we transition away from coal and increase our renewable energy, some customers want to add more renewable energy right away. The new wind energy we add will be dedicated to helping them achieve their goals.”

The company issued a request for proposals to developers, asking for projects that are located in Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, at least 20 MW in size, to be in service by Dec. 31, 2021. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. CT on May 1, and shortlisted project developers will be notified on May 17, 2019. Additional details and RFP documents can be found at www.xcelenergy.com/NSP2019WINDRFP.

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Utility-scale wind energy will be part of the Renewables content offered at POWERGEN International. The conference and exhibition will be Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans.