Xcel Energy To Add 200 MW Wind Farm In Colorado

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Xcel Energy has announced that it will add 200 MW of wind generation in Colorado through a contract with NextEra Energy Resources LLC.

The Limon Wind Energy Center will have turbines located in both Lincoln and Elbert counties near Limon, Colo. NextEra Energy Resources was the successful bidder in a wind energy solicitation that was reissued by Xcel Energy earlier this year. (The solicitation had originally been a part of the company's 2007 Colorado Resource Plan.)

The project will include approximately 40 miles of transmission in Lincoln, Elbert and Arapahoe counties and will interconnect to the electrical grid at the Missile Site Substation.

The land for the 125 turbines, related equipment and a buffer zone is roughly 35,000 acres. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2012, with completion expected later that year. The facility is expected to employ up to 250 workers at peak construction.

The additional purchase of wind will give Xcel Energy in Colorado a total of 1,943 MW of wind generation on its system.

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