Minnesota Power to reach 50% renewables in 2021 with Canadian hydropower
Dive Brief:

  • Minnesota`s second largest investor-owned utility on Thursday energized its 224-mile transmission line that will bring the utility to 50% renewable energy in 2021.

  • The $700 million, 500 kV line brings 250 MW of hydropower from Manitoba, Canada, to Minnesota Power customers in Northern Minnesota. The utility doesn`t have a set clean energy goal beyond its 50% by 2021 aim, but is in the process of revising its 15 year integrated resource plan, a spokesperson told Utility Dive.

  • "They have been working really hard to transition their fleet," Mike Bull, policy director for the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment told Utility Dive of Minnesota Power. But "things get harder from here," he said.


Ken Notes: We need to start adding hydro power to are array in Wisconsin to get power when wind and solar are not available. Their are hundreds of dams in the State that are old and could be redone with some generation. Expensive, but when you look at the cost of transmission you see the potential...

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