Colorado Gov. and FPL Energy Break Ground for 400-MW Wind Farm

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter joined FPL Energy, Xcel Energy, Invenergy Wind and dignitaries in Peetz, Colorado, to break ground at the planned 400-megawatt (MW) wind generation facility that will be the nation’s second largest.

Construction of the 267 General Electric wind turbines at the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center began this spring and is expected to be completed by the end of 2007. FPL Energy is also constructing a 78-mile-long transmission line to connect the Peetz Table facility to the power grid at Xcel Energy’s Pawnee substation near Brush. “Colorado’s Eastern Plains boast some of the best wind resources in the nation. With the addition of this new wind farm, Colorado increases its supply of clean, non-polluting energy sources. And little to no water is required to produce this power,” Ritter said. FPL Energy and Invenergy Wind LLC jointly developed the 400-MW Peetz Table project. Earlier this year Invenergy Wind transferred control of its share to FPL Energy in exchange for a continuing economic interest in the project. FPL Energy, through its subsidiary, will operate the facility and will sell 100 percent of the output to Xcel Energy under a long-term contract. Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of Development at FPL Energy said, “Colorado is taking an important leadership role in the growth of wind energy in the United States. The 400 megawatt Peetz Table Wind Energy Center will help the state realize its enormous potential for economic growth through the generation of clean, renewable energy.”

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