Throwback Thursday: June 2006

What’s going on up there?

Wilton Wind Energy Center

Keep scrolling a bit and you’ll see the main attraction.

Wilton Wind Energy Center

Wilton Wind Energy Center dedication on June 2, 2006.

The Wilton Wind Energy Center was dedicated June 2, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. near Wilton, ND.

Featured speakers at the ceremony included then-North Dakota Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and then-U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad.

Wilton Wind Energy Center

The ribbon cutting.

Construction on the 49.5-megawatt Wilton Wind Energy Center began in September 2005 as a result of an established business relationship between Basin Electric and FPL Energy, Juno Beach, FL. FPL Energy is now known as NextEra Energy Resources. The last of the turbines went into commercial operation in January 2006. Basin Electric agreed to purchase the production from the wind farm and combine the output with its other generating resources. FPL Energy’s role is to own and operate the wind project and deliver the power to Basin Electric.

In addition to wind turbines, the project also includes a 4.4-mile high-voltage transmission line that crosses U.S. Highway 83 at a point south of Wilton. It connects to an existing transmission line owned by the Western Area Power Administration. Central Power Electric Cooperative, a Basin Electric member system headquartered in Minot, ND, constructed, owns and operates the interconnection line.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Throwback Thursdays will offer a little history on Live Wire. Throwback Thursday is a social media thing in which people post pictures from the past. The general rule is to keep it at least five years old. If you’d like to see something featured on our Throwback Thursday, let us know.

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