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Builder Named for $743M CO Wind Farm

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Xcel Energy recently named development company Mortenson as the company to spearhead work on a $743 million, 500-megawatt wind farm, to be located in Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Previously, Mortenson worked on Xcel’s 600-megawatt wind farm in Rush Creek.

According to The Denver Post, the Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project will cover roughly 100,000 acres across Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties. Turbines will be manufactured by Vestas.

Project History

According to a statement from Mortenson, the wind project is in alignment with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ recently released plan for having the state run on 100% renewable electricity by 2040.

In April, Xcel sought regulatory approval to take over the construction of the project, which had long been planned by private developer TradeWind Energy Inc. Previously, TradeWind had been working on the project for over a decade.

Mortenson

Xcel Energy recently named development company Mortenson as the company to spearhead work on the $743 million, 500-megawatt wind farm, to be located in Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Previously, Mortenson worked on Xcel’s 600-megawatt wind fam in Rush Creek.

The deal discussed by Xcel and TradeWind involved a build-own-transfer agreement, but TradeWind expressed concern over being able to complete the project by Dec. 31, 2020, the deadline for receiving the total value of the federal production tax credit. The deal progressed to a deal-transfer model, which entailed changing when Xcel acquires the company developing the project. The Rush Creek endeavor was reportedly developed using a similar model.

TradeWind was acquired by Enel Green Power subsidiary Enel Green Power North America Inc. earlier this year.

Moving Forward

In turn, Vestas will be providing 202-V120 turbines and 27-V110 turbines. The project is slated for completion in December 2020.

In terms of details, Vestas has four wind turbine manufacturing facilities in Colorado, and Xcel is Colorado’s largest electric utility company. Work on the Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project is to include access roads, foundations, collection, substation, an O&M building, setting up turbines and tower wiring.                                 

“The Cheyenne Ridge Wind Project is a key part of our Colorado Energy Plan and will be another important component in Xcel Energy’s efforts to achieve its aspirational ‘zero-carbon strategy’,” said Gerald Kelly, Xcel Energy project manager.

“We have worked extensively with Mortenson on previous wind projects, including the Rush Creek Wind Project, and look forward to continuing our strong relationship as we move forward with Cheyenne Ridge.”

Colorado ranks eighth in the U.S. for installed wind capacity, and produces more than 17% of its energy from wind.

   

Tagged categories: NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Wind Farm; Wind Towers

Comment from T W, (9/17/2019, 7:55 AM)

That's 5000 watts per acre. How many watts come from an acre of coal/gas fired powerplant?


Comment from Tony Munson, (9/18/2019, 2:28 PM)

Or from the generator in my garage ? Can't help noticing how clean 'nuclear energy' is hardly ever mentioned among all the clean energy discussions. Forty years or so since we've seen a plant go up ? We always hear about how the wonderful Europeans (unlike us) do just about everything right...how could they be so wrong about nuclear energy ???


Comment from Andrew Piedl, (9/20/2019, 1:35 PM)

If calculating 'efficiency' by land use, at least include extraction/distribution in your calculation.


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