DENVER, Oct. 16, 2001 — Xcel Energy, Cinergy Global Power and enXco Inc. announced today that a second commercial wind farm in Colorado is generating electricity.
The wind farm is located near Peetz in northeastern Colorado and can generate up to nearly 30 megawatts of electricity for Xcel Energy’s Windsource program.
Cinergy Global Power, an affiliate of Cinergy Corp. in Cincinnati, owns the wind farm, known as the Peetz Table Wind Power Plant. The facility was developed by enXco, based in the United States in North Palm Springs, Calif. Xcel Energy will purchase 77 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year from the facility, through a 15-year contract.
The new wind farm at Peetz has 33 state-of-the-art turbines — the first of their kind for a commercial operation in the U.S. NEG Micon manufactures the turbines and each can generate up to 900 kilowatts. Each unit consists of 170-foot-long diameter rotors and a turbine, set on a 237-foot-high tower. The total weight of each unit, including rotors, turbine and tower, is 164 tons.
“Xcel Energy has seen overwhelming demand from its customers for electricity generated from wind power,” said Andy Sulkko, Xcel Energy Windsource product manager. “With the assistance and efforts of our partners in this project, Cinergy Global Power and enXco, we will be able to continue to meet the demand for green power.”
“We’ve been very pleased to be able to work with Xcel Energy, as well as our partner Cinergy Global Power in this exciting project. More importantly, we must thank the people of Colorado whose efforts support green energy,” says Jorn Larsen, president of enXco. He continued, “I believe we all are becoming more aware of the benefits renewable energy has to protect our environment for our future, and especially our children’s future. We look forward to continued developments, supporting a clean tomorrow.”
Electricity from the new wind farm will be sold through Xcel Energy’s Windsource program, one of the largest customer-driven wind power initiatives in the nation. With the addition of almost 30 megawatts of purchased wind energy, Xcel Energy offers nearly 60 megawatts of wind power to its 1.6 million customers in Colorado.
Xcel Energy also generates 30 megawatts of electricity at its Ponnequin Wind Facility, located in northern Colorado just south of the Wyoming state line near Cheyenne. One megawatt of wind power can serve approximately 300 residential homes. Xcel Energy now has more than 17,000 customers in its Windsource program in Colorado, including more than 400 businesses and four wholesale customers.
In a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. for the first half of 2001, Xcel Energy’s Windsource program in Colorado ranked third in the nation for total megawatts produced by wind and second in the nation for number of customers participating in the program; the new facilities at Peetz are expected to further solidify these rankings.
Participants in Windsource purchase power in 100-kilowatt hour blocks on a monthly basis (an average home in Colorado uses 631 kilowatt hours of electricity per month). Because wind power costs more than traditional electric generation, participants pay a premium of $2.50 per 100-kilowatt hour block.
About Cinergy Corp/Cinergy Global Power: Cinergy Corp., one of the nation’s diversified energy companies, has a focused strategy intent on growing its energy merchant business. Its energy merchant business owns, operates or has under development more than 21,000 megawatts of generation. Cinergy has the sixth largest electricity trading organization in the U.S. Peetz Table is Cinergy’s sixth U.S. wind farm and brings its total U.S. wind generation to 100 megawatts. Cinergy also owns regulated operations in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky that serve about 1.5 million electric customers and about 500,000 gas customers. Visit Cinergy at www.cinergy.com .
About enXco: Since 1985, enXco has been one of the fastest growing companies in wind energy. Today, enXco is a developer and the world’s largest provider of operation and maintenance services to the wind energy industry, with projects and offices in the United States, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, India and Australia. The company manages nearly 4,000 wind turbines on three continents and is a primary owner or equity partner in projects with a combined rated capacity of approximately 200 megawatts. Visit enXco at www.enxco.com .
About Xcel Energy: Xcel Energy, the nation’s fourth largest combined electric and natural gas utility, operates in 12 states, and serves 3.1 million electric customers and 1.6 natural gas customers. Xcel Energy was formed in August 2000 upon the completion of a merger between Northern States Power in Minneapolis and New Century Energies in Denver (which included Public Service Co. of Colorado in Denver and Southwestern Public Service in Amarillo). The company is headquartered in Minneapolis. Visit Xcel Energy at www.xcelenergy.com .
SOURCE: Xcel Energy