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DENVER – Xcel Energy today announced that NextEra Energy Resources, formerly FPL Energy, was selected from a list of 16 bidders to build a new wind farm and provide wind energy through a purchased power agreement. The wind farm will be located in Northern Colorado at Peetz Table and will provide nearly 152 megawatts of power when generating at full capacity, if the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approves the contract. The location has existing access to transmission lines and already is home to two wind farms totaling 400 megawatts
The original Request for Proposal was issued in February of 2008 and resulted in bids that totaled more than 2,400 megawatts worth of wind power. NextEra Energy Resources is expected to build the wind farm called the Northern Colorado Wind Facility and will be online by the end of 2009.
“We continue to grow our wind energy production in Colorado,” said Karen Hyde, vice president of resource acquisition for Xcel Energy. “We are already the number one wind provider in the nation. This farm, combined with our plans to add up to another 700 megawatts of wind power to our system in coming years will greatly enhance our position as the national wind energy leader.”
The Northern Colorado Wind Facility will help Xcel Energy move closer toward meeting Colorado Governor Ritter’s 20 percent carbon reduction plan by 2020.
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