Colorado speaks in favor of wind power

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 @ 11:12 AM
posted by rene5432

Colorado's electricity regulator spoke out in favor of wind power, approving another wind farm in favor of added natural gas capacity, according to

The Colorado Public Utility Commission approved a wind plant known as Limon 1 designed to produce as much as 200 megawatts of renewable electricity.

The project proved successful, resulting in lower electricity rates for state residents. With the strong results from that project, the CPUC decided to approve another 200 megawatt wind farm through one of the state's major utility companies, Xcel Energy.

"We also find that it is more likely than not that the Limon 2 contract will reduce costs to consumers in the long run," stated the Commission in its order. "The low 25-year fixed cost of the Limon 2 contract coupled with the Company’s conservative modeling assumptions suggest savings to ratepayers over the life of the contract."

Colorado is a leading state for green energy in general, and wind energy is no exception. The American Wind Energy Association reports that as of 2010 the state generated 6.6 percent of its electricity from wind, good for the eighth-highest proportion in the country.

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