The Lakeswind Committee was created in 2011 to explore entering
into a Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) for the output from a 48
megawatt wind farm in Pelican Falls, Minnesota. The project
consists of 32 - 1.5 megawatt General Electric turbines. The
project started generating energy in January 2014 and was declared
commercially operational in March 2014.
There are currently 17 utilities buying power from the wind
farm; 9 of which are GLU members. These utilities are not owners
but have contracted for the energy/capacity from the facility. GLU
serves as the operating partner for the project and performs all of
the required interactions with MISO.
Since the wind farm's start-up through June of 2014, the project
has produced 66,272 MWH. The expected annual output from this wind
farm is 172,000 MWHs.