We believe in the importance of delivering energy to our customers from diverse sources in a way that keeps costs down. As part of these efforts, we sell the renewable energy credits generated from nearby wind facilities to reduce your costs.
Busch Ranch Wind Project
The 29-megawatt Busch Ranch Wind Project is 30 miles south of Pueblo, Colo., in Huerfano County. It has 16 Vestas wind turbines and represents our first wind project for our Colorado Electric customers. The project will connect to our 94,000 electric customers with 36 miles of new transmission lines.
One megawatt of wind generation provides enough energy to supply approximately 500 homes, but because of the intermittent nature of wind, it must be combined with the gas-fired Pueblo Airport Generation Station to provide a reliable energy supply.
Happy Jack Wind Farm, owned by Duke Energy, has been in service since September 2008. It is in Laramie County, near Cheyenne and has 14 turbines with a generating capacity of 29.4 megawatts, enough to power approximately 12,000 homes. We buy 15 megawatts of the facility’s energy for our retail customers.
We also use the Happy Jack Wind Farm as part of our renewable education program for customers, communities and civic organizations as well as for students in grades K-12.
Near Happy Jack is the Silver Sage Wind Farm, also owned by Duke. It has been in service since October 2009. This wind farm has 20 megawatt turbines with a generating capacity of 42 megawatts, enough to power approximately 14,000 homes. We buy 30 megawatts of the facility’s energy for our retail customers.
Net metering is when you measure the difference between how much electricity we supply you, as your utility, and how much electricity you generate.