Black Hills seeks nod for 200-MW renewables procurement round

Wind turbines in Colorado. Image by: Mortenson (www.mortenson.com).

November 25 (Renewables Now) - Black Hills Corp (NYSE:BKH) said on Friday it is seeking regulatory clearance to add up to 200 MW of renewables capacity to its Southern Colorado system through a competitive solicitation.

Through its utility subsidiary Colorado Electric, better known as Black Hills Energy, the company has filed a proposal to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. This proposal is called Renewable Advantage plan and involves the procurement of utility-scale wind, solar and battery storage capacity. It envisages holding a competitive tender next month.

Interested parties will be able to submit their bids by February 15, 2020. Winning projects will be required to be brought into operation in 2022.

If approved, the plan will see the utility lift the share of carbon-free resources in its Southern Colorado generation portfolio to almost 60% by 2023. After commissioning of the 60-MW Busch Ranch II wind park in Colorado, 30% of Black Hills’ power production will come from renewables by 2020, the company said.

Last December, Black Hills bought a 50% stake in the 29-MW Busch Ranch I wind farm in Colorado’s Huerfano County.

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