In an upcoming filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Minnesota Power will request an additional 250 megawatts of wind capacity, 10 MW of solar capacity and 250 MW of combined-cycle natural gas generation in order to meet customer demand for power, which is projected to grow throughout the region. The utility, which provides electricity within a 26,000-square-mile area in northeastern Minnesota. The plan would double Minnesota Power’s solar generation. If approved by the utilities commission, renewable energy – including wind, Canadian hydro, solar and biomass – would account for 44 percent of the utility’s energy supply by 2025 and exceed its initial goal of one-third renewable power. Minnesota Power’s long-term goal is an energy mix of two-thirds renewable energy and renewable-enabling natural gas.
– via North American Windpower