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Allete Plans 200-Megawatt Expansion of North Dakota Wind Farm

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Allete Inc.’s Minnesota Power Co. plans to begin construction in the fourth quarter on a $345 million expansion of its Bison wind farm in North Dakota.

The 200-megawatt project in Oliver County would be north and west of Bison’s first three phases currently in operation that total about 300 megawatts of capacity, Allete said today in a statement. The project is dependent on regulatory approvals in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Bison 4 will help Minnesota Power meet a state requirement for utilities to provide 25 percent of their energy from renewable resources by 2025, according to the statement. It’s expected to enter operation by the end of 2014, Duluth, Minnesota-based Allete said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Herndon in San Francisco at aherndon2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at landberg@bloomberg.net

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