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JULY 2006

 

PPM Energy announces Twin Buttes wind farm in Colorado

Portland, OR— PPM Energy announced it will begin construction this fall on the 75-megawatt (MW) Twin Buttes Wind Power Project near Lamar in southeastern Colorado.

Power generated by the Twin Buttes project will be delivered under a long-term contract to Colorado customers of Xcel Energy. Xcel also receives the entire output of the adjacent 162 MW Colorado Green Wind Project, a joint venture between PPM Energy and Shell WindEnergy, Inc.

In November 2004, Colorado voters approved a standard that will require Xcel Energy and other utilities to secure 10 percent of their energy sales from renewable energy by 2015. Xcel Energy will have approximately 2,500 MW of wind power in 10 states by the end of 2007. Approximately one third of Xcel’s wind generation is located within Colorado.

Twin Buttes will use 50 GE 1.5 MW turbines. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2007.

While the project spans approximately 9,000 acres owned by seven landowners, the actual footprint of the turbines uses less than two percent of the total acreage. The remainder continues to be used for ranching and grazing. The project is expected to create an average of between 40 to 50 jobs during construction. In addition to the creation of five to six full-time jobs in the community, the project initially is expected to provide several hundred thousand dollars a year in property tax revenues.


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