AWEA names Xcel top US utility wind energy provider again
Wind turbines in Colorado. Author: Dave Dugdale. www.solardave.com License: Creative Commons. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) named Xcel Energy Inc (NYSE:XEL) the US’ top utility wind energy provider for the 12th consecutive year, after it raised its wind capacity by 850 MW, or 15%, in 2015.
This year, Xcel expects to add a further 400 MW to the system, it said in a statement on Tuesday. This will happen through the planned purchase of wind power from the Odell plant in Minnesota and through owning the 200-MW Courtenay wind farm in North Dakota, once the two facilities are completed.
In 2015, the company, which is the main utility in Colorado, met over 66% of power demand with wind at times. It more than doubled its wind ownership by acquiring the 200-MW Pleasant Valley wind farm in Minnesota and 150-MW Border facility in North Dakota. In addition, it purchased energy from new wind parks in Colorado and New Mexico.