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Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal

A wind farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Photo: Nic McPhee/Flickr

WASHINGTON, DC — “In nearly every instance, utility decisions to invest in new wind farms are driven by low costs and the ability to add generation and hedge fuel costs without raising customer bills.

Take Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. The company already operates 4 GW of wind energy and will increase that to more than 10 GW after announced projects are completed.

“None of that is being driven based on [environmental] compliance,” said Jonathan Adelman, Xcel’s area vice president of strategic resource and business planning. “Economics are driving it.'”

— Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News 

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