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Duluth-based Allete buys three wind farms in $27 million deal

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The Duluth-based energy company Allete, Inc., has announced it's buying wind farms in Minnesota, Iowa, and Oregon.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports the $27 million deal includes a farm in Lake Benton, Minnesota. Allete will take control of the farms from AES, Corp., early next year, the Journal says.

WDIO reports the deal also includes an option to buy a fourth farm in Pennsylvania in 2015. The three wind farms that are part of the immediate purchase produce 231 megawatts, according to the station. New Energy World Net says if the option for the fourth farm in Pennsylvania is exercised, that would add another 101 megawatts.

In announcing the purchase, Allete Clean Energy President Eric Norberg says it positions the company in new markets. "We plan to leverage these initial acquisitions as the business of renewable energy matures to the next level,” Norberg writes.

The city of Lake Benton boasts on its website that southwestern Minnesota's Buffalo Ridge "provides more high grade wind resources than the entire state of California."

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