Minnesota Power chooses Siemens for 205-MW Bison 4 wind power project in the U.S.

  Minnesota Power chooses Siemens for 205-MW Bison 4 wind power project in the
  U.S.

  *Order for 64 units of its latest evolution of 3-MW D3 platform wind
    turbines, as well as an agreement for service and maintenance
  *Direct drive turbine with increased annual energy output reduces the cost
    of electricity through its 113-meter rotor and 92.5-meter hub height
  *Blades, towers and major nacelle component sourced in the U.S.

Business Wire

ORLANDO, Fla. -- February 25, 2014

Siemens Energy has been awarded a major order by Minnesota Power for 64 units
of the company’s latest 3-MW D3 platform wind turbines to be installed at the
Bison Wind Energy Center near New Salem, North Dakota. The innovative wind
turbines feature a 113-meter rotor and 92.5-meter hub height. Installation of
the turbines is scheduled to begin in mid-June 2014, and commercial operation
is slated for December 2014. The scope of supply includes transportation,
installation and commissioning, as well as a three-year service and
maintenance agreement.

Minnesota Power chooses Siemens for 205-MW Bison 4 wind power project in the
U.S. (Photo: Business W ...

Minnesota Power chooses Siemens for 205-MW Bison 4 wind power project in the
U.S. (Photo: Business Wire)

“With the latest evolution of our 3-MW direct drive turbine we are increasing
annual energy output with a larger rotor and a higher tower. The increased MW
output also results in a reduction of site infrastructure and operations and
maintenance costs. All of these advancements lead to lower cost of electricity
for Minnesota Power,” states Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power
Americas business. “We greatly value Minnesota Power’s confidence in our
technologies and services and are very pleased to partner with them once again
as they continue to provide reliable, affordable and sustainable power to
their customers.”

The blades will be manufactured at Siemens’ facility in Fort Madison, Iowa.
Additionally, the D3 nacelle component will be assembled in Hutchinson,
Kansas. Assembly of this specific major component was recently moved from the
company’s nacelle facility in Brande, Denmark, to Hutchinson, Kansas, which
further demonstrates the company’s commitment to the U.S. wind industry.
“We’re pleased to partner with a world leader like Siemens as wind energy
production develops and matures,” said Minnesota Power Chief Operating Officer
Brad Oachs. “With the help of Siemens, we’ve integrated new direct drive
technology into our Bison project while at the same time staying ahead of
Minnesota’s aggressive renewable energy standard. That this has happened in
only four years speaks to how rapidly the energy landscape is changing.”

The 205-MW Bison 4 addition will increase Minnesota Power’s Bison Wind Energy
Center’s total MW output to nearly 500 MW. Siemens also supplied all of the
wind turbines for the previous three phases of the Bison Wind Energy Center,
which went into commercial operation in 2010 and 2012. The Bison 4 project
adds 64 D3 platform wind turbines to the already installed 85 D3 units at the
Bison 1B, 2 and 3 phases, currently under service with Siemens, along with 16
2.3-MW G2 platform wind turbines at Bison 1A.

For further information on the largest Siemens D3 installation in the world,
the Bison Wind Energy Center near Bismarck, North Dakota, click here.

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