Burlington, Colo., November 29, 2010 — Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced today the completion of the Kit Carson Windpower Project, a 51-MW wind farm located in east-central Colorado.
The wholesale power supplier is purchasing the output of the facility through a 20-year agreement with a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corp.
"The Kit Carson Windpower Project is another component in the continuing diversification of Tri-State's resource portfolio to meet the power requirements of our 44 member distribution cooperatives," said Ken Anderson, Tri-State's executive vice president and general manager.
"This project serves as a good example of our ability to harness one of the abundant renewable energy resources that exist in our member system service territory."
The facility is comprised of 34, 1.5-MW GE turbines situated on a 6,000-acre site northwest of Burlington, Colo. — within the service territory of Tri-State member co-op K.C. Electric Association.
Duke Energy, which owns the facility and will operate and provide all maintenance services, began construction in June 2010 with a workforce of 150 on site during the peak construction period. A permanent staff of four technicians will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the wind farm.
"Tri-State shares our commitment to delivering affordable and reliable electricity generated from a diverse mix of resources, including renewables," said Keith Trent, Duke Energy group executive and Commercial Businesses president. "We're proud that renewable energy generated at the Kit Carson Windpower Project will help supply consumers of Tri-State's member electric cooperatives and public power districts."
No new transmission facilities were required to the Tri-State system as the wind project was directly connected to an existing Tri-State 230-KV line between substations located near the towns of Limon and Burlington.
Based in the Denver suburb of Westminster, Tri-State is the wholesale power supplier to 44 electric cooperatives and public power districts in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. The member distribution systems serve nearly 600,000 meters, which translates to a population of about 1.5 million end-use consumers.