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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