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Rush Creek Wind Project

Xcel Energy-Colorado has received approval from our regulators to build, own and operate a new 600-megawatt wind facility in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln counties—an area rich with wind power resources. The project will include two wind farms, 300 Vestas wind turbines, and approximately 83 miles of transmission line to connect and carry wind power output to homes and businesses across the state. Learn more about the transmission line. When complete in 2018, the project will be the largest wind generating facility in the state and will produce enough electricity to power about 325,000 homes.

Benefits

The project will:

  • Provide the lowest-cost wind energy on our Colorado system.
  • Deliver clean, carbon-free, electricity.
  • Inject $1 billion into the region’s economy.
  • Create Colorado jobs.
  • Involve wind turbine manufacturing facilities in Brighton, Pueblo, and Windsor.
  • Expand the local tax base.
  • Eliminate one million tons of carbon each year.
  • Support energy industry innovation in the state.

Updates & Construction News

Wind turbine construction is nearing completion with all turbines at Rush Creek I, and 90 of the 110 turbines at Rush Creek II have been erected. The Rush Creek I substation has received power from the transmission line, and crews are currently walking circuits to energize towers and perform final commissioning. The final segment of the transmission line was energized in August 2018, and the wind farm is scheduled to begin operations in September.

All transmission structures have been erected on the 43-mile segment between the new Pronghorn Substation and the Missile Site Substation. The stringing of conductor (wire) on the segment started in January. A helicopter is being used to assist in the stringing process. Structure setting on the 40-mile segment between Pronghorn Substation and Rush Creek II Substation is expected to be completed in late March. A helicopter will not be used to help string conductor on the Pronghorn to Rush Creek II segment.  

For construction-related questions, please call 800-274-6992 or email rushcreek@xcelenergy.com

Watch the video below to see a quick time lapse of construction crews "topping off" a turbine and see how these projects come to life.

Wind farm construction timeline (subject to change):

  • Road work construction: Completed
  • Rush Creek I substation: Completed
  • Rush Creek II substation: Nearing completion
  • Foundation construction: Completed
  • Wind turbine installation: Will be completed early August
  • Estimated in-service date: October 2018

Transmission line construction timeline (subject to change):

  • Foundation construction: Completed in February 2018
  • Structure setting: Completed in March 2018
  • Conductor stringing: Completed August 2018

First turbine blade delivery.


Turbine blade unloading.


Transmission tower construction.

Contact Us

Project hotline: 800-274-6992
Email us
Colorado Media Line (for reporter inquiries): 303-294-2300

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