Wind Generated Power
In response to
customer interest in wind-generated electricity, Wild Rice
Electric's power supplier, Minnkota Power Cooperative, and the
Northern Municipal Power Agency (NMPA) developed the Infinity
Renewable Energy program for the associated cooperatives and
900-kilowatt, commercial-scale wind turbines are producing wind
energy for customers enrolled in the program. One turbine is
located six miles east of Valley City, ND, along Interstate 94 and
the other three miles east of Petersburg, ND, along US Highway 2.
construction of the turbines had a positive impact on the regional
economy. The tubular tower sections were manufactured by DMI
Industries of West Fargo, ND. The fiberglass blades were provided
by LM Glasfiber of Grand Forks, ND. Wanzek Construction of
Fargo, ND, was the onsite contractor.
What is Infinity Renewable Energy program?
Wind Energy is a voluntary program that offers electric
customers the option of purchasing specific amounts of
Why is this
program being offered?
A number of
customers have expressed an interest in wind energy and, even more
importantly, have promised to pay the extra cost required to
this program affect customers who do not subscribe?
Electric believes it is important to offer wind energy to those
customers who are interested in it. Only those customers who
enroll in the program are paying for the turbine projects through
a wind energy premium rate of .3¢ per kWh. As a result, the Infinity Renewable Energy
program is self-supporting.
How will the renewable energy be
delivered to my home, farm, school or business?
Electricity generated by the wind
turbines flows into the Minnkota/NMPA joint transmission system,
which along with Wild Rice Electric's distribution system,
delivers electricity supplied by the wind and other sources to
Customers who enroll in the
program can be assured that their commitment has contributed to
the development of the wind turbines.
Why does wind power cost more?
The main reason for the higher
cost of wind energy is that wind turbines produce less energy per
dollar of investment compared to other electric generation
facilities, such as the region's lignite-fired power plants.
Can wind turbines supply all
of our electric energy?
No. Due to the intermittent
nature of the wind, there will always be a need for the reliable
electricity generated from another readily available energy
resource - lignite coal.