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Upper Midwest Wind Power

Serving customers with a leading portfolio of wind resources.

We are harnessing some of the best wind resources in the country to deliver clean, low-cost renewable energy to our customers in the Upper Midwest. Today wind energy supplies 15 percent of our power in the region, and under our current plans, we expect this will double to more than 30 percent in 2022.

The Wind Energy Advantage

  • Wind power is clean, renewable energy. It requires no fuel or water, and in 2016, helped to avoid roughly 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide, as well as other emissions, on our Upper Midwest system.
  • Wind energy is affordable. As turbine technology improves, wind prices continue to decline, and in the long run, the wind on our system will save customers money and protect them from rising fuel costs in the future.
  • A local energy source. For rural communities that are home to wind farms, the projects produce new tax revenues for helping fund schools and other services. They also provide jobs and new revenue sources for landowners, who are typically farmers and ranchers.

 Have questions about wind energy? Check out our Q&A

Today's wind turbines are larger, quieter and more efficient. Learn more.

Investing in the Future

We have announced specific plans to grow our Upper Midwest wind portfolio by 70 percent. We proposed eight new wind farms that will add 1,850 megawatts of new wind capacity to our system, enough clean energy to power nearly one million homes annually.

The projects are an excellent value for customers. By taking advantage of low wind prices and available tax credits, we expect the cost to build the projects will be more than offset by billions of dollars in future fuel savings over the lives of the projects.

Of these projects, we plan to own and operate 1,450 megawatts of the new wind energy.

Learn more about the Foxtail Wind Farm.

Learn more about our wind plans

Wind Operations Today

We currently manage more than 2,600 megawatts of wind generation in the region or enough clean wind capacity to power about 1.3 million average-size homes for a year. Most of our wind power is purchased from independent suppliers under long-term contracts. Altogether we have about 70 of these agreements in place, with wind farms ranging in size from one to two turbines, to hundreds of turbines.

We also own and operate five wind farms, totaling 850 megawatts of wind capacity: Grand MeadowNobles and Pleasant Valley wind farms in Minnesota and Border and Courtenay wind farms in North Dakota.

Courtenay is our newest wind farm and is significant in that it is the first project we have built from the ground up. It was completed in 2016 and took just 15 months to build.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, Xcel Energy continues to be the nation’s No. 1 utility wind energy provider for more than a decade. As our wind portfolio grows, we continue to improve system operations  through advanced wind forecasting and process changes. Our efforts are helping achieve new system records. In November 2016, wind power in the Upper Midwest supplied more than 48 percent of our customers’ energy for an entire day.

Customer concerns

If you have concerns about one of Xcel Energy's wind farms in Minnesota, please email us.

Energy Saving Tip

Want to make a strong statement about energy efficiency? Consider whether your home might be a good candidate for a green roof, solar panels, or a geothermal system.

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