06 July 2009– Duke Energy announced that it is building a new wind energy project in eastern Colorado and has closed its acquisition of a Pennsylvania wind farm.
Duke Energy will develop the 51MW Kit Carson Windpower Project near Burlington, Colo. The project will consist of 34 GE wind turbines, each capable of generating 1.5 MW of electricity.
As a result of a 20-year power purchase agreement, the project will supply clean, renewable energy to customers of the 44 electric cooperatives that comprise the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
No new transmission facilities will be required for the Tri-State system; the wind project will be directly connected to an existing Tri-State 230 KV line between substations near the towns of Limon and Burlington.
Duke Energy will construct, own, operate and provide all maintenance services on the facility, which is scheduled to be in service by the end of 2010.
The close of Duke Energy’s acquisition of the 70-MW North Allegheny Windpower Project in Pennsylvania, just east of Pittsburgh, brings the company its first commercial wind farm in the eastern U.S.
Duke Energy purchased the project from wind turbine manufacturer and project developer Gamesa Energy USA. It uses 35 Gamesa wind turbines, each capable of producing 2 MW of clean, renewable electricity. It will begin selling all of the output and associated renewable energy credits to FirstEnergy later this year.