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Wessington Springs Wind Energy Center

With the inclusion of the Wessington Springs Wind Energy Center (WSW Energy Center) in our power supply portfolio, Heartland fulfills our commitment to providing clean energy resources. Through a purchase power agreement, Heartland purchases the full output of the 34 turbine, 51 megawatt (MW) WSW Energy Center. The project is situated on approximately 3,500 acres on the bluffs of Jerauld county, just south of Wessington Springs, South Dakota.

Per a contract between Heartland and the state of South Dakota, WSW Energy Center supplies clean power to South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota, making the two universities the first in the Midwest to be powered with 100% renewable energy. The project also fulfills our commitment to the Renewable Energy Objective for the state of South Dakota and the Renewable Energy Standard for the state of Minnesota.

Constructed by Babcock & Brown, WSW Energy Center was declared operational in February of 2009 and NextEra Energy Resources took over operations in 2010. The project has the capability to generate enough renewable energy to power over 17,000 residential homes. Although long-term performance is difficult to measure or predict with a variable resource such as wind, numbers indicate WSW Energy Center's availability and energy production will continue for years to come.