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Still keen in Colorado

Nearly three-quarters of Colorado's electricity users will have the chance to buy wind energy starting this year -- and more than 10,000 have so far signed up across the Rocky Mountain State. They are being supplied with electricity from two wind developments -- from two Vestas V42 units at Medicine Bow, in Wyoming, and from the Ponnequin wind farm owned by the Public Service Company of Colorado.

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Wind energy is still sweeping Colorado. Nearly three-quarters of the state's electricity users will have the chance to buy wind energy starting this year -- and more than 10,000 have so far signed up across the Rocky Mountain State. They are being supplied with electricity from two wind developments -- from two Vestas V42 units at Medicine Bow, in neighbouring Wyoming, and from the Ponnequin wind farm owned by the Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo).-----The Medicine Bow Vestas units have been generating electricity for the Colorado market since mid April. "We have citizens clamouring for wind power," says Steve Vandermeer of Fort Collins Light & Power, which is buying the output from the plant from its developer, Northern Alternative Energy (NAE).-----At the Ponnequin wind farm, where just one 750 kW NEG Micon machine is so far operating, a special "Media Day" was held on May 7. The wind turbine is to supply power to PSCo's "Windsource" green pricing program and is the first of seven machines slated for the initial phase of development at the Weld County site. Ten turbines will be added later in the year. -----Windsource has so far attracted more than 7300 homes and 50 businesses, although it is not yet selling the wind power. In Colorado Springs, nearly twice as many people as expected have so far signed up for the green pricing program. And Holy Cross Electric Association, which serves the Vail ski resort area, has 1000 wind customers ready to go. Indeed, in Colorado wind will power a range of users, from the Governor's mansion in Denver to one of the ski lifts at Aspen's world famous Snowmass ski area.-----

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