Project Development, Wind Power

BP to Be Colorado’s Top Wind Power Producer

Denver, Colorado [Rocky Mountain News] From being the state’s No. 1 natural gas producer for years, BP now is on track to become its top wind power producer. BP’s foray into the local wind industry came about recently when it bought Greenlight Energy, a Virginia company that is developing a 300-megawatt wind farm east of Grover, near Greeley. The Cedar Creek wind farm will be the biggest in the state, with 274 turbines capable of providing electricity to 120,000 customers. … Cedar Creek is among the five U.S. wind projects the company plans to build this year. And that is part of BP’s overall strategy to spend $8 billion on renewable energy in the next few years. … BP is partnering with Babcock & Brown Operating Partners to build the Cedar Creek wind farm. The project has a long-term supply contract with Xcel Energy, Colorado’s biggest utility. Xcel will buy the electricity to comply with renewable energy standards approved by Colorado voters in November 2005.