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Xcel completes 600MW Colorado project

UNITED STATES: Xcel Energy has completed construction of its two-phase 600MW Rush Creek project in Colorado.

Xcel Energy's Rush Creek uses Vestas V100 2MW turbines
Xcel Energy's Rush Creek uses Vestas V100 2MW turbines

The $915 million project will enter commercial operation by 31 October. Developed by Invenergy, it is the largest wind project in Colorado.

Once online, the project will be operated by Xcel, a utility holding company based in Minneapolis.

The power will be sold to Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel.

The two phases — the 400MW Rush Creek I and 200MW Rush Creek II — together consist of 300 x Vestas V100-2MW turbines.

Rush Creek will save residents and business customers an estimated $400 million-plus on a net present value basis over the life of the 25-year project, according to the University of Colorado.

In June, Xcel filed a plan with regulators to add an extra 1.1GW of wind projects in Colorado by 2026, not including Rush Creek, while retiring two coal-fired plants.

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