COL­ORADO CLINGS TO ITS TOP 10 SPOT FOR WIND CA­PAC­ITY

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — Danika Wor­thing­ton, The Den­ver Post

Col­orado clung to its spot among the top 10 states for wind-power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity, but a glance into the fu­ture sug­gests that the state will be booted off.

The Cen­ten­nial state main­tains 3,026 megawatts of wind ca­pac­ity and is ex­pected to add 676 megawatts once its cur­rent and planned con­struc­tion pro­jects fin­ish, ac­cord­ing to data from the U.S. Wind In­dus­try Sec­ond Quar­ter 2017 Mar­ket Re­port.

But new tur­bines in other states, such as North Dakota’s 915 megawatts cur­rently in con­struc­tion or ad­vanced con­struc­tion, will likely bump Col­orado to the No. 11 spot.

Den­mark-based wind tur­bine man­u­fac­turer Ves­tas Wind Sys­tems, which has three Col­orado plants, had 92 per­cent of the mar­ket share in the sec­ond quar­ter, de­ploy­ing 129 tur­bines, ac­cord­ing to the mar­ket re­port.

Min­nesota-based Xcel En­ergy, which is a ma­jor power sup­plier in Col­orado, is the util­ity with the most in­stalled wind ca­pac­ity, at 3,460 megawatts..

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