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Colorado Wind Power -- How are we doing? -- Courtesy, Xcel Energy

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Colorado Wind Power -- How are we doing?   -- Courtesy, Xcel Energy

We continue to grow our use of wind power in Colorado. Xcel Energy built Colorado's first commercial wind farm in the late 1990s, the 32-megawatt Ponnequin Wind Farm in northern Colorado. Since then, we have grown our use of wind power in Colorado to about 1,770 megawatts, with more under way.


By the end of 2012, we plan to have about 2,200 megawatts of wind energy on our Colorado system. We have agreements to purchase power from NextEra Energy Resources' Limon I and II Wind Energy Centers. The two 200-megawatt projects are planned for completion this year.


Colorado has excellent wind resources, and we invested early, which helps to keep our wind energy costs low. Managing wind power on the electric system can be challenging because it is notoriously difficult to predict. We are working to improve wind forecasting and the integration onto our system. One early morning hour in April 2012, we recorded a system peak with 57 percent of the electricity on our Colorado system coming from wind energy.  


Facility Location Capacity In-service Date
Ponnequin Weld County (just south of the Wyoming border) 32 MW 1998
Foot Creek III Wyoming 25 MW 1999
Ridgecrest Peetz, Colo. 30 MW 2001
Colorado Green Lamar, Colo. 162 MW 2004
Spring  Canyon Peetz, Colo. 60 MW 2006
Cedar Creek Grover, Colo. 300 MW 2007
Logan Wind Peetz, Colo. 201 MW 2007
Peetz Table Peetz, Colo. 200 MW 2007
Twin Buttes Lamar, Colo. 75 MW 2007
Northern Colorado Wind Peetz, Colo. 174 MW 2009
NREL/National Wind Testing Center Golden, Colo. 9 MW 2010
 Cedar Creek II Weld County, Colo. 251 MW 2011
 Cedar Point Wind Lincoln & Elbert Counties, Colo. 252 MW 2011
 Limon Wind I Lincoln & Elbert Counties, Colo. 200 MW 2012
 Limon Wind II Lincoln County, Colo. 200 MW 2012
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