Windpower company Xcel Energy is turning the Midwest into a renewable energy center. The company just proposed its fourth wind farm for northern North Dakota, which could reduce 320,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Along with three other windfarm projects, Xcel Energy’s wind farms could power 750,000 homes, saving customers more than $220 million on energy costs.
Xcel’s ambitious projects were created to ensure energy security for customers living in the Midwest, while helping the environment at the same time. Large scale renewable energy wind farms loosen dependence on foreign oil, divert fears of rising fuel costs, and significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming. The four proposed projects would bring 2,550 megawatts of power to the Midwest, which would produce sufficient clean energy to power 750,000 homes.
The projects have been submitted to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the North Dakota Public Service Commission in hopes that they will receive approval by late fall. Xcel has also proposed wind farms for Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Each of the farms would save hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs in 20 years- with a combined total savings of $732.4 million with the production of 900 megawatts of energy, reports Clean Technica.
The four Midwest and lower region projects would bring a total of 1,650 megawatts of clean wind power to the United States. If the wind farm projects are approved, Xcel Energy hopes to have all of them underway by 2016.
Via Clean Technica