Xcel’s Plans for New Wind Generation Grow to 3,380 MW

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By Editors of Power Engineering

Xcel Energy announced it has proposed the development of 11 new wind facilities in seven states, which would add 3,380 MW in new wind generation.

The proposals would boost the utility’s wind portfolio by 50 percent, and increase wind’s share of Xcel’s total generation to 35 percent.

The proposals, a mix of owned wind farms and power purchase agreements, would come online through 2021. Xcel plans to use federal production tax credits to secure low wind energy prices.

Xcel had already announced 1,500 MW of new wind generation last week in the Midwest. The new developments are proposed for New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.

“We’re investing big in wind because of the tremendous economic value it brings to our customers. With wind energy at historic low prices, we can secure savings that will benefit customers now and for decades to come,” said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy. “Our plan delivers on both economic and environmental fronts, as we provide customers the cleaner, renewable resources they want, while continuing to deliver the reliable and low-cost energy they need.”

Xcel noted the new wind generation should reduce carbon emissions 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2021.

Newly-announced projects include:

·      Sagamore Wind, a 522 MW self-build project located in Roosevelt County, New Mexico developed by Invenergy

·      Hale Wind, a 478 MW self-build project located in Hale County, Texas, developed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources

·      Bonita, a 230 MW power purchase agreement project in Cochran and Crosby Counties, Texas developed by NextEra Energy Resources

·      Rush Creek, a 600 MW self-build project in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln Counties, developed by Invenergy

The previously-announced developments include:

·      Freeborn Wind Energy, a 200 MW project located in Freeborn County, Minnesota, and Worth and Mitchell Counties, Iowa developed by Invenergy

·      Foxtail Wind, a 150 MW project located in Dickey County, North Dakota, developed by NextEra Energy Resources

·      Blazing Star 1, a 200 MW project located in Lincoln County, Minnesota, developed by Geronimo Energy

·      Blazing Star 2, a 200 MW project located in Lincoln County, Minnesota, developed by Geronimo Energy

·      Crowned Ridge Wind Project, a 300 MW build-own-transfer project and a 300 MW purchased power agreement. The project will be located in Codington, Deuel and Grant Counties, South Dakota, developed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy

·      Lake Benton Wind Project, a 100 MW build-own-transfer project in Pipestone County, Minnesota, developed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy

·      Clean Energy 1, a 100 MW power purchase agreement project in Morton and Mercer Counties, North Dakota, developed by ALLETE Clean Energy

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