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FPL Energy, Otter Tail Power Company and Minnkota Power Cooperative dedicate North Dakota wind farm
LANGDON, ND. – FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group (NYSE: FPL), Otter Tail Power Company and Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., today joined about 150 guests near Langdon to dedicate FPL Energy’s Langdon Wind Energy Center in Cavalier County, North Dakota.
North Dakota Governor John Hoeven was among the dignitaries who joined FPL Energy’s Senior Vice President of Development Mike O’Sullivan, Otter Tail’s President Chuck MacFarlane, Minnkota’s President Dave Loer and more than 150 local and regional guests to celebrate the commercial operation of the Langdon Wind Energy Center and the organizations that helped bring the facility to North Dakota.
Governor Hoeven stated, “Just a few years ago, North Dakota produced less than a megawatt of power from wind. Through our EmpowerND initiative, we have forged strong partnerships with outstanding companies like FPL Energy, Otter Tail, and Minnkota Power, as well as local communities. Today, we have built, or have in planning, nearly 1,800 megawatts of wind energy to serve North Dakota and the region.”
"The Langdon Wind Energy Center is much more than just the most recent wind farm to bring clean, renewable power to North Dakota,” said Mike O’Sullivan. “This project is a demonstration of people bringing their skills, knowledge and commitment together to make something good happen. Many people worked on this project, and the result is a facility of which we can all be proud.”
The Langdon Wind Energy Center is capable of generating enough electricity to power nearly 40,000 homes. Initial operation of the 106 wind turbines at the wind farm began in December 2007. Otter Tail Power Company owns 27 of the Langdon Wind Energy Center’s 106 turbines, or 40.5 megawatts. FPL Energy owns the remainder of the turbines and operates the entire wind farm. All of the remaining output from the facility is sold to Minnkota and Otter Tail Power Company under long-term contracts. FPL Energy plans to build an additional 40.5 megawatts this fall bringing the total size of the project to 199.5 megawatts.
Chuck MacFarlane thanked all the stakeholders responsible for the success of this wind farm saying, "The Langdon Wind Energy Center hits the mark in terms of providing our customers with cost-effective, wind-generated electricity, and it might look easy because this region has so much wind. Certainly the area’s rich wind resource is an important factor. However, a number of other variables--favorable tax incentives, a supportive regulatory process, willing landowners, reputable partners and dedicated employees--had to line up just right to make the project a success."
Dave Loer added, "Minnkota is pleased to be a part of the Langdon Wind Energy Center. The location is ideal in many ways. This area offers robust wind, adequate transmission facilities and, most important welcoming landowners and an appreciative community."
FPL Energy is a leading competitive energy supplier utilizing clean fuels such as natural gas, wind, solar, hydroelectric and nuclear to generate electricity. It is the world’s leader in wind energy, with 56 wind facilities in operation in 16 states. It is a subsidiary of FPL Group, one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related services with annual revenues of more than $15 billion. Additional information is available at www.FPLEnergy.com, www.FPLGroup.com andwww.FPL.com.