Minnesota Power seeks regulatory nod to add 700 MW of wind, solar
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Minnesota Power, part of US utility Allete Inc (NYSE:ALE), will aim to expand its renewable energy capacity by up to 700 MW of wind and solar to support its goal for zero-carbon emissions from its energy supply by 2050.
The company said on Monday it intends to add up to 400 MW of wind and 300 MW of regional solar power capacity under its integrated resource plan (IRP) for the next 15 years. Its proposal has been submitted in a letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), with a vote due to be held on November 22.
The initial version of Minnesota Power’s integrated resource plan called for the addition of 200 MW of wind and 200 MW of solar generation capacity. The updated proposal will be reviewed by MPUC over the next two weeks.
If the plan receives the green light, the utility will advance storage projects that support investment in its renewable portfolio, it said.
Minnesota Power supplies electricity to 145,000 customers, 14 municipalities and big industrial customers.
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