NSP: one answer is blowin' in the wind
Northern States Power Co. (NSP) is "tremendously excited about wind power" the utility's chairman said. In August 1992 NSP agreed to build or purchase 100MW of electricity from wind machines in southwestern Minnesota by 1998. As part of the compromise that allows NSP to store nuclear waste in large steel casks at Prairie Island, the State Legislature required the utility purchase 425MW of electricity from wind farms by 2002. The NSP chairman cautioned that there may be problems with transmission lines or other concerns, but he said the utility has enough time to work them out. A cooperative project was begun recently to collect data on wind speeds during the next two years at eight sites that have potential for large scale wind farms.