Colorado approves Xcel Energy’s 620-MW wind, solar plan - report

(SeeNews) - Dec 11, 2013 - The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has okayed US utility Xcel Energy's (NYSE:XEL) plan to hike its wind and solar capacity in Colorado by 25% or 620 MW, the Denver Business Journal said Tuesday.

Currently, Xcel Energy operates about 2,427 MW of green energy assets in the state -- 250 MW of solar and 2,177 MW is wind. Under the plan, which was filed for approval in September, Xcel Energy will add 450 MW of wind parks, boosting its wind generation by 21%, and 170 MW of large-scale solar installations.

During the past two months, Xcel Energy received approval for two similar proposal in other states. In October, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission said yes to a plan to add 750 MW of wind power to its Upper Midwest portfolio through four local projects. Last month its plan to boost its wind portfolio in the Texas-New Mexico system by 698 MW received the go-ahead from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

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