ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE ALE, has approved new five-year power sale agreements between its Viking wind facilities in southern Minnesota and Xcel Energy.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Xcel Energy to create a power contract extension that continues to provide clean, affordable, and reliable energy to its customers, while providing greater revenue certainty for our ALLETE investors, consistent with our strategy,” said ALLETE Clean Energy President Allan S. Rudeck Jr.
“ALLETE Clean Energy continues to expand its collaborative track record with our customers to deliver creative and innovative clean energy resources they expect while efficiently operating and optimizing our facilities,” added Rudeck. “Xcel Energy continues to demonstrate their pioneering innovation in preserving and extending power purchase agreements with their suppliers, both large and small, in providing clean energy to Upper Midwest customers.”
The Viking facilities, with a combined capacity of 12 MW near Lake Benton, Minnesota, and the larger Chanarambie wind project nearby, make up ALLETE Clean Energy’s Northern Wind unit. The Chanarambie site also is contracted to Xcel Energy.
Viking was developed by EDF Renewable Energy, and the eight General Electric turbines began commercial operation in 2003. The wind site was acquired by ALLETE Clean Energy in 2015. The site’s original 15-year power sale agreements were set to expire in December 2018.