Energy and Natural Resources

Xcel Expands Wind Plans with Texas, New Mexico Projects

21 March 2017

Xcel Energy says it has proposed 11 new wind farms in seven states, which would add a total of 3,380 megawatts of new wind generation to its system.

The proposed plan would result in wind fueling nearly 35 percent of its total generating capacity mix.

Xcel is proposing a combination of owned wind farms and power purchase agreements. The company is using federal production tax credits to secure low wind energy prices.

The company submitted a proposal on March 21 to add 1,230 MW of wind energy in Texas and New Mexico, with the majority owned by the company. (Read "Xcel Plans 1,550 MW of Wind Energy Investment.") It plans to build two wind farms and buy wind energy from another facility through a long-term contract.

In mid-March the company announced a separate wind expansion in the Upper Midwest, with a proposal to add seven new wind farms in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa. The plan would bring an additional 1,550 megawatts of new wind generating capacity to its Upper Midwest system, with most of the projects being company owned.

In Colorado, construction is set to begin in spring 2017 on the Rush Creek Wind Farm. The project would be developed by Invenergy and would include 600 MW of installed generating capacity across four counties.

Xcel Energy says expects to realize at least a 45% reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2021.

All projects are in various stages of regulatory approval.

Southwest

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 unit of NextEra Energy Resources.

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

Upper Midwest

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

Foxtail Wind, a 150 MW self-build project located in Dickey County, North Dakota, developed by NextEra Energy Resources.

Blazing Star 1, a 200 MW self-build project located in Lincoln County, Minnesota, developed by Geronimo Energy.

Blazing Star 2, a 200 MW self-build 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 power purchase agreement. The project will be located in Codington, Deuel and Grant Counties, South Dakota, developed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.

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

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

Colorado

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

To contact the author of this article, email david.wagman@ieeeglobalspec.com


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