BP Announces Full Operation of Wind Farm

BP Alternative Energy announced full commercial operation of the Cedar Creek wind farm in Weld County, Colorado. According to the company, the 300.5-megawatt (MW) facility has been delivered on time and on budget.

Construction of the 274-turbine facility began in December 2006. Phase one of the development, totaling of capacity 280.5 MW, became commercially operational in November 2006. The final 20 MW have now been brought on line. The power produced from the facility is sold to the Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc.

“Cedar Creek will be a long-term contributor to Colorado’s New Energy Economy, providing enough wind-powered electricity for 90,000 Colorado homes,” said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. “The folks who built Cedar Creek have shown how a project like this can be done in the right way — working with landowners and local elected officials and building a major project with a superb safety record.”

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