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    Willmar Municipal Utilities' wind turbines break record in April, producing 1.4M kilowatt-hours


    May 13, 2022 - Jennifer Kotila, West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minn.

     

      May 12—WILLMAR

      — A windy April in Willmar led to record-breaking output for Willmar Municipal Utilities' wind turbines.

      "As you look at April's wind turbine report, I had to kind of look at it twice when I got it last week. That is a real number," said Kevin Marti, Willmar Municipal Utilities facilities and maintenance supervisor, during his report Monday to the Municipal Utilities Commission.

      Availability in April for the turbine designated as No. 3 was 95.8%, and it was 98.8% for turbine No. 4, for 1,416,112 total kilowatt-hours — more than double the output during the month of April in the years 2018-2021. Total kilowatt-hours produced to date in 2022 are 3,716,490, more than half of what has been produced in years 2018-2021.

      "Obviously, if you remember back last month, it was very windy out," Marti commented. "So, I got to looking at that number a little bit, thinking that was quite high, and it is."

      Since going into service in 2009, the wind turbines located near Willmar Senior High School have gone over 1 million kilowatt-hours only six times, including April 2022. The last time there was a million kilowatt-hour output recorded was in December 2016. The previous record was set in March 2012 with 1,116,052 kilowatt-hours.

      "This last month's record beat it by just over 300,000 kilowatt-hours," he said. "The guys were very excited to see that. They have been working really hard to hit this goal and to set a new record and have been talking about it for quite some time. I just want to give them a shout out for the work that they do to keep the turbines running."

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