Wind conditions in the Texas Panhandle are some of the best in the United States for generating power. Xcel Energy is capitalizing on this wind to deliver clean, affordable renewable energy to our customers. In Texas and New Mexico, we have nearly 1,050 megawatts of wind energy on our system that we acquire through long-term purchase-power agreements and from qualified generating facilities. And we plan to add more, as wind power today is our most affordable renewable resource.
In 2013, we announced plans to add almost 700 megawatts of wind energy from three new projects located in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The additions are estimated to save our customers in Texas and New Mexico between $481 and $590 million in fuel costs over 20 years.
Managing wind power on the electric system can be challenging because it is notoriously difficult to predict. Xcel Energy has worked with Global Weather Corp., an affiliate company of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), to develop WindWX, the most advanced wind-production forecasting system in the world. Through improved wind forecasting, we continue to save customers money and set national records for the amount of wind energy on our system. One late evening in November 2013, wind energy provided 25 percent of Xcel Energy’s electricity supply, a record for our Texas-New Mexico system. We also estimate it has saved our customers in the area $1.4 million in fuel costs since working to improve wind forecasting in 2009.
|Llano Estacado (Texico)||Texico, NM||2 MW|
|White Deer||White Deer, TX||80 MW|
|Caprock||Quay County, NM||80 MW|
|San Juan Mesa||Elida, NM||120 MW|
|Wildorado||Wildorado, TX||161 MW|
|Spinning Spur||Oldham County, TX||161 MW|
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