Xcel Energy plans 750MW of wind projects for the Midwest

The company intends to build a 150MW facility in North Dakota and three 200MW wind farms in Minnesota.

Xcel Energy, a utility based in Minnesota, has proposed four wind projects in the Midwest that could generate a combined 750MW once complete.

One project, which has a planned capacity of 150MW, will be located in North Dakota and developed by Invenergy. Three other facilities, due to produce 200MW each, will be based in Minnesota. One will be developed by NextEra Energy Resources while the two others will be built by Geronimo Energy. The projects are expected to cater for the needs of about 400,000 homes.

“The new wind portfolio delivers on our plan to more than double our renewable energy sources over the next 15 years, and reduces carbon emissions by 60 percent from 2005 levels,” Chris Clark, Xcel's regional president for Minnesota, North and South Dakota, said in a statement.

The projects are awaiting regulatory approval. They are expected to begin construction in mid-2017 and be operational by 2020.

These projects follow a proposal Xcel put forward in September to develop 1.5GW of wind energy. The utility said it was still evaluating proposals.

Along with transmission and distribution facilities, Xcel owns and operates assets that generate a combined 17GW of electricity. Its renewables portfolio comprises 704MW split between wind and hydro assets.