Wind power in Colorado

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Colorado wind resources

The US state of Colorado has vast wind energy resources and the installed capacity of wind power in Colorado has been growing significantly in recent years due to international mass adoption of wind power and the state's aggressive renewable portfolio standard that requires 30% of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020.[1]

Notable projects[edit]

At 400 MW, the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center is the largest wind farm in the state and provides enough electricity to power nearly 120,000 homes. It consists of 347 GE Wind Energy turbines. The center has two farms, the Peetz Table wind farm and the Logan wind farm.

The Cedar Creek Wind Farm was built in 2007 and has 300 MW of generation capacity from 274 wind turbines.[2] Cedar Creek II was built in 2011 and has 250 MW of generation capacity from 60 Nordex and 63 GE wind turbines.[3]

Capacity[edit]

Colorado Wind Generation Capacity by Year
Megawatts of installed generating capacity[4][5]

Installed[edit]

The graph at left shows the growth in wind power installed nameplate capacity in MW for Colorado since 2001.[6][7]

Potential[edit]

In early 2010, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory released the first comprehensive update of wind energy potential by state since 1993, showing that Colorado had the potential to install 387,220 MW of wind power.[8]

Mandates[edit]

Colorado voters approved Amendment 37 which required the state's largest utilities to obtain 3 percent of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2007, and 10 percent by 2015.[9]

Wind generation[edit]

Wind power accounted for 13.8% of total electricity generated in Colorado during 2013.[10]

Colorado Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2009 3,164 396 270 268 314 228 162 153 175 248 311 277 304
2010 3,452 245 226 306 364 331 271 213 216 257 275 341 416
2011 4,729 375 350 355 418 459 385 276 310 297 507 551 499
2012 6,045 606 519 535 522 422 467 333 441 331 449 474 624

Source:[11][12][13]

Colorado Wind Generation in 2011
Colorado Wind Generation in 2010
Colorado Wind Generation in 2009

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eber, Kevin and Ernie Tucker (March 26, 2010). "Colorado Boosts its RPS to 30% by 2020". RenewableEnergyWorld. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  2. ^ Full operation of Cedar Creek wind farm announced
  3. ^ BP, Sempra Celebrate Completion Of Cedar Creek Wind Farm
  4. ^ "Wind Powering America: Installed U.S. Wind Capacity and Wind Project Locations". U.S. Department of Energy. January 19, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "AWEA 4th quarter 2011 Public Market Report". American Wind Energy Association(AWEA). January 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (March 5, 2010). "U.S. Installed Wind Capacity and Wind Project Locations". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  7. ^ Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (April 29, 2011). "Installed Wind Capacity by State". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  8. ^ National Renewable Energy Laboratory (February 4, 2010). "State wind energy potential (2010)". U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Colorado Voters Pass Renewable Energy Standard". RenewableEnergyWorld.com. November 3, 2004. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  10. ^ "American wind power reaches major power generation milestones in 2013". American Wind Energy Association. March 5, 2014. 
  11. ^ EIA (July 27, 2012). "Electric Power Monthly Table 1.17.A.". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  12. ^ EIA (July 27, 2012). "Electric Power Monthly Table 1.17.B.". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  13. ^ EIA (February 2013). "Electric Power Monthly Table 1.17.B.". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 

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