Xcel makes deal for $480M wind farm

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Xcel Energy took another step Wednesday toward meeting the state's aggressive renewable energy standards by adding its second and largest Minnesota wind farm to its portfolio of power plants. Full Story
Kudos to Xcel

Circle Pines, MN

#1 Mar 31, 2010
According to the article, on a recent windy day "...1,033 megawatts of power..." were being produced through the Xcel system. That ain't chicken feed! It's almost equivalent to the output of a nuke plant (about 1400 megawatts). The advantage of wind is that there's no toxic waste, it's not a target for terrorists, it's cheaper and quicker to construct a wind farm of that output compared to either coal or nuclear, and it provides the transition we need toward the Green Economy. I only wish that venture capitalists and government programs had united to manufacture the turbines in the USA. We invent the technology and then conservative financiers allow the technology to go overseas for them to manufacture. The same trend has also occured (with exceptions) with solar electric panels.
mnhusker

Elk River, MN

#2 Apr 1, 2010
Great, our energy bills are going to go up again to pay for this wind farm that won't be able to provide us with a reliable or efficient form of energy. Where are all the environmentalists now? Just think of how these are going to destroy the landscape. I hope these work in the winter? I say we put an end to the environmentalists making all the decisions. It's not about protecting the environment for them, it's all about controlling us.
What

Lakeville, MN

#3 Apr 1, 2010
mnhusker wrote:
Great, our energy bills are going to go up again to pay for this wind farm that won't be able to provide us with a reliable or efficient form of energy. Where are all the environmentalists now? Just think of how these are going to destroy the landscape. I hope these work in the winter? I say we put an end to the environmentalists making all the decisions. It's not about protecting the environment for them, it's all about controlling us.
The windmills in S.W. MN. work year round. We have a few of them on some of our property and love the income they produce. What some people see as an eyesore we see as $$$$$$$$.
Ranger47

Estero, FL

#4 Apr 1, 2010
Another debt we're saddling our kids with...Never any mention of the cost per kilowatt hour in these liberal articles..
Society of insanity

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Apr 1, 2010
There is never a mention of how much it costs to actually produce a single kilowatt hour through the use of Solar or Wind power, so the only thing a person can garner from that lack of information is the fact Solar and Wind power is based and promoted strictly on hype and emotion to control the masses and not based on common sense nor sound logical financial facts. Sort of like the Ethanol boondoggle, whereas it costs far more to produce than what they get out of it, as far as cutting down on the pollution, well, the jury is still out on that one, however, Ethanol is very good for some, for instance, the farmers who collect a lot of green for growing and harvesting the yellow.
True Costs of Nuclear

Circle Pines, MN

#6 Apr 1, 2010
We've read that Pres. Obama recently granted $8.3 billion to go toward building a nuke plant in Georgia. And that won't be the full cost of constructing it. I don't know what the capacity of the plant will be, but typically, they're less than 1800 megawatts. What nuclear advocates never disclose or try to estimate is the cost of decommissioning nukes--a major cost (billions?) for a toxic facility. They also don't disclose what the operating costs are annually for a nuke. There are utility personnel there 24x7. Then there's the cost of security at a nuke. And onsite nuclear waste storage. At a wind farm or a solar power farm, the staffing is minimal and the costs mentioned above are nearly zero. Now.....throw in the fact that while a nuke will occupy at least a thousand acres per facility, you can have wind towers out among crops in the field. Certainly this is a better use of land. It's a fact that farmers welcome wind farms on their land. The annual leasing fees they get provide more income (and more predictable income) per acre than their crops. Wind farms cost less to build, maintain, and decommission than nukes any day!
wtf

San Francisco, CA

#7 Apr 1, 2010
Hopefully their not spending this on Chinese made turbines.
reed

Duluth, MN

#8 Apr 1, 2010
nuclear power please
Grey and Wise

Bluefield, VA

#9 Apr 1, 2010
wind is great if you like expensive and unreliable energy

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