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Tatanka Ridge Wind Farm provides clean energy to the Dairyland Power

Tatanka Ridge Wind Farm was recently completed by Avangrid Renewables, delivering renewable energy as well as local economic benefits. The  Avangrid Renewables company is a joint venture of as well as part of the IBERDROLA Group of the AVANGRID, Inc. Owning and running a portfolio of the renewable energy production facilities; it is a major renewable energy firm in the United States. IBERDROLA, S.A. is a leader in energy with the world’s largest base of renewable assets of any organization. The headquarters of Avangrid Renewables is in Portland, Oregon.

Situated in the Deuel County, South Dakota, Tatanka Ridge has 56 wind turbines. The 18,000 acre land of the plant consists largely of local farms as well as ranches, rented from over a hundred landowners. Tatanka Ridge may provide around $1.7 million annually for local economic benefits between these land lease fees as well as taxes.  Furthermore, the 154.8-megawatt wind plant is also equipped to supply diverse organizations with clean electricity. Tatanka Ridge Wind has confirmed that they are ready to supply 51.6 MW of clean energy to the Dairyland Power Cooperative in a current power purchase deal. In December 1941, Dairyland, which is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, was established.

Based in La Crosse, Wis., Dairyland supplies 24 sales cooperatives and 17 public utilities with the wholesale electrical specifications. These cooperatives and towns, in exchange, provide over half a million residents in the 4-state coverage area with electricity needs. This production of electricity is equal to running nearly 16,000 clean energy houses. The residual electricity generated at the plant is contracted to a broad commercial client.

Brent Ridge, President and CEO of Dairyland, said that the company is delighted to partner with Avangrid Renewables as well as the WEC Energy Group. The Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) is one of the largest energy providers in the world, representing 4.5 million consumers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. The primary utilities of the organization are Upper Michigan Energy Resources, Minnesota Energy Resources, We Energies, Michigan Gas Utilities, Wisconsin Public Service, North Shore Gas and Peoples Gas. We Power, another significant subsidiary, designs, constructs and operates electric power plants. Moreover, in the Midwest, WEC Infrastructure LLC operates an increasing fleet of wind energy facilities. The WEC Energy Group is indeed a Fortune 500 firm and an important member of the S&P 500.

“A core aspect of the Dairyland’s Sustainable Generation Strategy is resource diversification, ensuring that Tatanka Ridge is a significant addition to the renewable energy portfolio of our cooperative,” stated Ridge. As the two collaborated on the Barton Wind as well as Winnebago Wind projects, it’s not the first instance Avangrid Renewables, and Dairyland has joined up.

“Partners like Dairyland have assisted in developing the wind sector in the Midwest as well as accelerate the transformation to a renewable energy future.” as per Alejandro de Hoz who serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avangrid Renewables. The Milwaukee WEC Energy Group purchased an 85% equity stake in the wind farm last December, rendering Tatanka Ridge Wind jointly owned by the WEC Energy Group and Avangrid Renewables. 

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