Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has agreed to buy the entire output of the planned Twin Buttes II wind project.
The 76 MW wind farm, being developed by Iberdrola Renewables, is expected to be completed in 2017.
The Twin Buttes II project will consist of 38 wind turbines located on 11,000 acres of land 23 miles south of Lamar, Colo., near the existing Twin Buttes wind project. It is expected to deliver approximately $270,000 in local tax benefits and $250,000 in landowner lease payments annually, according to Iberdrola.
‘Wind is the most drought-resistant crop we have, and it (has) delivered valuable economic stability to a number of family farmers and ranchers in the area,’ comments Val Emick, a landowner at Twin Buttes II and the operating Colorado Green wind farm. ‘Working with an experienced developer and operator like Iberdrola Renewables gives us a lot of confidence that Twin Buttes II will expand a successful partnership and help a lot of working families around here.’
Based in Westminster, Colo., Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a not-for-profit wholesale power supplier to 44 electric cooperatives and public power districts serving approximately 1.5 million consumers throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. In 2015, Tri-State was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as wind cooperative of the year.