Xcel Energy is preparing the largest multi-state investment in wind capacity in America. The plan is for eleven wind farms across seven states, with a generating capacity of 3,380MW. Ivan Shumkov writes of the plan at Renewables Now:
The plan, to be implemented through 2021, includes a mix of owned wind parks and power purchase agreements (PPAs).
“With wind energy at historic low prices, we can secure savings that will benefit customers now and for decades to come,” said Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy.
Xcel has submitted proposals for the 522-MW Sagamore Wind project in Roosevelt County, New Mexico, and the 478-MW Hale Wind scheme in Hale County, Texas. The former is developed by Invenergy, while NextEra Energy Resources developed Hale Wind.
Furthermore, Xcel has filed for a PPA tied to the 230-MW Bonita wind project that is developed by NextEra Energy Resources in Texas’ Cochran and Crosby Counties.
The announcement comes less than a week after Xcel unveiled 800 MW of new wind projects in the Upper Midwest that are in addition to 750 MW of previously-proposed projects there.
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