More Colorado Wind Power Comes To Life

Take a look at the map: There’s some good wind-power potential in east-central Colorado. And that’s exactly where Duke Energy has just fired up the 51-megawatt (MW) Kit Carson Windpower Project.  This is Duke’s second commercial wind plant to begin production this year, after it brought the 200-MW Top of the World farm in Wyoming online.

Kit Carson — named for the county where it’s located — consists of 34 1.5-MW GE turbines spread out over 6,000 acres of prairie farm country. Duke has a 20-year deal with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a power wholesaler serving Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Kit Carson, Duke Energy wind power project, Colorado

image via Duke Energy

Duke, based in Chartlotte, N.C., said in a press release that it has pumped more than $1 billion into wind power over the past three years, and Kit Carson’s 51-MW contribution brings it wind generation capacity to nearly 1,000 MW at nine facilities. Four of the wind farms are in Wyoming, three are in Texas and one is in Pennsylvania, in addition to the Carson project in Colorado.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.