Thirteen proposed wind farms in Minnesota have state-approved site plans but are on hold, lacking agreements to sell their output to a utility or other power user. Slack electricity demand and uncertainty over the federal wind tax credit are among the factors affecting such deals.
Name County MW* Developer
Pleasant Valley Wind Mower, Dodge 301.0 RES Americas
EcoHarmony West Wind Fillmore 280.0 EcoHarmony West Wind LLC
Bitter Root Yellow Medicine, Lincoln 120.0 Buffalo Ridge Partners LLC
Prairie Wind Otter Tail 98.4 PWE, PlainStates Energy
Paynesville Stearns 95.0 Geronimo Wind Energy LLC
Bear Creek Todd, Otter Tail 47.5 PlainStates Energy
Lake Country Wind Kandiyohi, Meeker 41.0 National Wind
Black Oak Stearns 40.0 Geronimo Wind Energy LLC
Getty Wind Stearns 40.0 Geronimo Wind Energy LLC
Comfrey Brown, Cottonwood 31.5 Southwest Wind Consulting
Glacial Ridge Pope 20.0 PlainStates Energy
Sibley Sibley 20.0 Southwest Wind Consulting
West Stevens Wind Stevens 19.5 West Stevens Wind LLC
* Megawatts. 1 megawatt equals 1 million watts.
Note: List does not include smaller, county-reviewed projects, those with power-purchase agreements or any awaiting other state approvals.
Source: Minnesota Commerce Department