Xcel unit outlines plans for 600-MW Rush Creek Wind Project in Colorado

The 600-MW Rush Creek Wind Project will be located near Limon, Colorado, approximately 90 miles east of Denver, said Public Service Co. of Colorado in a May 2 report filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission about planned capacity additions in the 2016-2018 period.

The company, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL), said it is preparing to file an application requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Rush Creek Wind Farm.

The project will be a 600-MW wind farm using Vestas 2.0 V110 wind turbines. A total of 300 turbines will be sited in various locations covering Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson, and Cheyenne counties. The Rush Creek Wind Project’s electric generation will interconnect into the Missile Site Substation through an approximately 90-mile Rush Creek Gen-tie 345 kV transmission interconnection.

The project will provide 49 MW of system capacity and approximately 2,300 GWh annual emission free energy. The cost estimate to install the wind farm is $1.036 billion. It will be financed out of Public Service’s approved capital budget.

The project timeline includes:

  • Execute turbine purchase order – 11/11/2016
  • Begin road and foundation construction – 2/20/2017
  • Begin wind turbine construction – 4/25/2018
  • Final wind turbine commissioning complete – 10/31/18
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