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Xcel wants to increase Minnesota residential electricity bills by nearly 20%

The new rate case would be Xcel's second multi-year rate case since the state legislature allowed them in 2015. In 2017, the PUC approved a four-year rate deal for Xcel Energy that raised residential rates by 10.6%. That deal was retroactive to 2016, and it followed five consecutive years of rate hikes for Xcel. In both 2019 and 2020, Xcel proposed new three-year rate plans, with the last one calling for a total of $597 million in new revenue.
26 Oct 2021

Grand Meadow Wind Energy decommissioning plan and costs

Grand_meadow_wind_appendix_j_updated_decommissioning_plan_thumb Xcel Energy has plans to repower the Grand Meadow wind energy facility. The 67 GE 1.5 MW sle turbines will be replaced with the same number of GE 1.6 MW turbines with larger rotor diameters. The plan with costs for decommissioning the older site are available in the document that can be downloaded from this page. An excerpt of this document is provided below. 
13 Oct 2021

Planned Minnesota wind farm to be moved farther from Jeffers Petroglyphs site

In June, state utility regulators who must approve the project made it clear they weren't satisfied with Big Bend's plans to locate turbines as close as 5.2 miles from the petroglyphs. The historical society and the Sioux bands wanted at least an 8-mile buffer. Apex Clean Energy, Big Bend's developer, revised the project so that all but two of the 50-plus turbines would be at least 7 miles from the petroglyphs.
22 Sep 2021

Indigenous, historic preservation groups object to wind project near Jeffers Petroglyphs

The Jeffers Petroglyphs site in southwestern Minnesota is sacred to Indigenous people. A wind farm and solar project would diminish the integrity of its “historic and sacred features,” the Minnesota Historical Society argues. ...After hearing the complaints, Apex moved the wind turbines nearest to the petroglyphs from just over 2 miles to 5.2 miles away. But the historical society and the tribes want an 8-mile buffer, and they object to Apex's decision to significantly raise the height of the turbines along with the move.
4 Feb 2021

It Costs $532,000 to Decommission Single Wind Turbine

Decommissioning_nobles_wind_energy_201_mw_xcel_20112-59334-01_thumb According to utility documents filed by Xcel Energy for it’s Nobles Wind facility, it will cost approximately $445,000 (in 2009 dollars) per turbine to decommission the wind facility. This means it would cost $532,000 per turbine (in 2019 dollars) for each of the 134 turbines in operation at this facility, bringing the total cost of decommissioning the Nobles project to $71 million.
3 Oct 2019

About 25 percent of region's energy fleet was unavailable during polar vortex

Wind speeds were less than forecast on those days, meaning power production was less than expected. Ice on turbines hampered wind production. ...Wind turbines are often programmed to shut down when the thermometer is 20 below to 25 below because equipment can be damaged if turbines continue running. Xcel receives 21 percent of its generation from wind in Minnesota and the Dakotas, and its turbines automatically shut down around 20 below. They were generally down during the nights of Jan. 29 and 30.
28 Feb 2019

Regulators table Canby area wind farm over labor concerns

The Laborers’ union, representing several construction unions, asserted that the socio-economic benefits of Bitter Root would be “substantially diminished” by a lack of Minnesota workers. RES has used nonunion trades workers on other wind farms in Minnesota, and the Laborers’ union says those workers were mostly from out of state. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decided the unions’ claims need a closer look.
6 Dec 2018

Minnesota utility regulators approve Freeborn County wind farm opposed by neighbors

The Freeborn project marks the first "contested case" over a wind farm before the PUC, prompting the appointment of an administrative law judge to sort out the facts and make recommendations. The judge's ruling isn't binding on the PUC, but such recommendations often carry weight with the commission. ...Invenergy filed a proposal with the PUC that would include noise allowances of no more than 3 decibels above the standard.
21 Sep 2018

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