August 2001 - Minnesota Power, which serves 144,000 customers in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, received regulatory approval to offer a wind power option to its Minnesota-based residential and small commercial customers. Under its WindSense program, customers can purchase 100-kWh blocks of wind energy for $2.50 each month, which represents a price premium of 2.5¢/kWh. Purchases are limited to 20 blocks per customer. In addition, customers must subscribe to the program for a minimum of one year. To supply the program, Minnesota Power has contracted with Great River Energy for half of the output from three new wind turbines being added at the Chandler Hills Wind Farm in southwestern Minnesota.
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News Article - Minnesota Power introduces wind-generated electricity (08/22/01)
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March 2000 - Minnesota Power, an investor-owned utility serving approximately 140,000 customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, announced plans to offer customers a wind power purchase option beginning this fall. If approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, customers will be able to purchase 100-kWh blocks of wind energy for an additional $2.00 per month or 2.0—/kWh. The utility plans to purchase half of the output from three new wind turbines being installed by Great River Energy in southwestern Minnesota.
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