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"Under the current system, people who have distributed generation, solar panels on the roof or their own personal windmills, they're able to use the grid without charge and this means higher rates for other consumers," he said. "We fixed that so it will no longer be a problem moving forward."
Work continues on the $640 million CapX2020 high-voltage power line that will connect a new substation near Mapleton to the Twin Cities early next year.
Ray Kirsch, the Environmental Review Manager of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, says, "It's because there's a lot of power in this area, including wind power and to utilize that power it has to be able to be moved." And conditional power generation that is dependent upon environmental conditions, such as power created from wind turbines, creates areas of congestion on the current electrical grid.
The county board held a meeting Tuesday to gauge the public’s concerns with the environmental effects of the proposed transmission line and substation for the wind farm, which was approved by the Public Utilities Commission in mid-October.
Federal authorities on Thursday approved a plan that could make it easier to deliver wind energy from Minnesota and the Dakotas to the eastern United States. The proposal boosts the chances that a $725 million high-voltage power line proposed from Brookings, S.D., to Hampton in Dakota County will be built.
Developers of a new power line in western North Dakota are spending $500,000 to make sure whooping cranes don't run into it. Minnesota Power is building the 22-mile line in Morton and Oliver counties. It's supposed to connect a new 75-megawatt wind farm to the Square Butte electric substation near Center.
Robin and Dave Heinen moved to the country three months ago with a dream of raising their children closer to the land. They bought 35 acres in Brockway Township and a few calves and chickens. They began planning a garden. They watched wild turkeys and deer behind their barn. Just a few weeks later, they learned that a high-voltage power line might run along their property line.
MN Power has increased its rates due in part to try and meet a state mandate. Minnesota energy producers must generate 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. So, MN power purchased a $70 million dollar transmission line that will eventually switch from coal to wind energy. One MN Power customer feels that her rates shouldn't have increased.
Minnesota's power grid would bump up against its limits fairly quickly if wind power developers started building bunches of small wind projects scattered across the state, according to a new study released Tuesday by the state Office of Energy Security. The study looked at whether the transmission system could absorb 600 megawatts of renewable energy from projects that generate between 10 megawatts and 40 megawatts of power.