- My Account
Save Money & Energy
- Safety & Education
- Energy Partners
We have have about 1,870 megawatts of wind energy on our system that serves the Upper Midwest — Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. We acquire the majority of this power from power-purchase agreements with wind farm owners, most representing facilities in southwestern Minnesota. Altogether we have more than 100 of these agreements in place, with facilities ranging in size from under 2 megawatts to more than 200 megawatts. We also own and operate two large wind farms in Minnesota, the 100.5-megawatt Grand Meadow Wind Farm that went online in 2008, and the 201-megawatt Nobles Wind Farm that began operating in late 2010.
The Upper Midwest has excellent wind resources, and we invested early, which helps to keep our wind energy costs low. Managing wind power on the electric system can be challenging because it is notoriously difficult to predict. We are working to improve wind forecasting and the integration onto our system.
|XCEL ENERGY - UPPER MIDWEST WIND POWER BY COUNTY|
|County||Wind Capacity Total (MW)|
*Xcel Energy owns and operates the 100.5-MW Grand Meadow Wind Farm located in Mower County, Minn., and the 201-MW Nobles Wind Farm located in Nobles County, Minn.
Our products and services differ based on state. Please select your state (or the state you're interested in) from the list to the left.
Why do our products and services differ based on state? Because our business is regulated by state. We have regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. The different regulatory body for each state we serve determines what products and services we deliver in that state.