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Green pricing expansion at Chandler Hills

Three 660 kW Vestas wind turbines will be added to the Chandler Hills wind farm in southwest Minnesota, doubling its size, to generate electricity for a green pricing program for Minnesota Power. The utility has agreed to buy 1 MW of new wind from Great River Energy (GRE). It will offer its customers a chance to buy 100 kWh blocks of wind at a premium of $2 a block. Customer demand will determine additional wind purchases, the utility says. GRE is a transmission and generation co-operative in Minnesota serving 29 electric distribution co-operatives, some of which will get the remaining wind generation for their own green power programs. According to Minnesota Power, 48% of residential customers surveyed said they would pay extra for renewable energy.

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