August 2006 - Minnkota Power Cooperative, which serves 11 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and North Dakota, has lowered the premium charged for its Infinity Wind Energy program from 1.5¢/kWh to 0.5¢/kWh. In making the change, Minnkota cited cost increases for conventional generation sources that have narrowed the price differential between wind energy and other resources in the utility's generation portfolio. As a result of the price change, one distribution utility—Nodak Electric—has dropped the premium-priced program altogether. Minnkota has now lowered the premium several times since the program was launched in 1999. The wind energy is supplied from two, 900-kW wind turbines located in North Dakota.
Additional Information - Nodak Neighbor Newsletter (July/August 2006) - "Wind Subscription Cost Eliminated" (PDF 777 KB)
Minnkota Contact: Al Tschepen, (701) 795-4204