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Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency


May 2003 - Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), a wholesale power supplier for 18 municipal utilities in southern Minnesota, announced that it has lowered the price of its Wind Power product from $2.90 per 100-kWh block to $1.00 per block, or a premium of 1¢/kWh. Residential and business customers can purchase the product through SMMPA member utilities.

SMMPA was able to lower the price because the cost of power from its two new 950-kW wind turbines is less than originally expected. According to the agency, the lower costs have resulted from a combination of strong winds, the efficiency of the turbines, and the ability to avoid costly transmission charges and losses by siting the turbines close to the distribution lines of Fairmont Public Utilities, which is a SMMPA member.

Update: SMMPA canceled this program 12/09, the program accomplished its goal and added more than 13% green power to the agency's portfolio.

News Release - SMMPA's Wind Power Price Among Five Lowest In The U.S.

SMMPA Contact: Dan Hayes, 507-285-0478


April 2003 - The Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), which provides electricity for 18 municipally operated utilities in southern Minnesota, has completed the installation of two 950-kW wind turbines to supply customers of its green pricing program. Since December 2000, SMMPA member utilities have offered residential and business customers the option to purchase wind power in 100-kWh blocks at premiums ranging from 2.9¢/kWh to 3.5¢/kWh, depending on the utility. Customers fully subscribed the output of one wind turbine within the first two months of the program. As of December 2002, about 900 customers were participating in the program. SMMPA will own and operate the two Minnesota-based turbines, which are expected to generate at least 5 million kWh of electricity annually.

News Release - Winds of Change Blowing At SMMPA (Dec. 3, 2002)

Additional Information - Wind Turbines Construction Updates

SMMPA Contact: Dan Hayes, 507-285-0478


August 2000 - Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), which serves 18 municipal utilities in southern Minnesota, has entered into an agreement with Northern Alternative Energy (NAE) to construct a 900-kilowatt wind turbine for the utility's new green pricing program. Starting this fall, residential customers of participating member utilities can sign up to purchase wind power in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks at a yet-to-be-determined rate premium. The wind turbine is expected to be operating by February 2001.

News Release - Northern Alternative Energy Selected as Exclusive Wind Power Provider for Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

SMMPA Contact: Dan Hayes, 507-285-0478
NAE Contact: Greg Jaunich, 612-370-1061


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