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Wind-power plan back in front of PUC

Black Hills Energy’s request to erect a new 60-megawatt addition to its wind-power complex in Huerfano County will be back in front of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.

Black Hills Energy’s request to erect a new 60-megawatt addition to its wind-power complex in Huerfano County will be back in front of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.

The commissioners turned down the idea in February but Black Hills asked for a rehearing and it has the support of groups that are usually critics, such as the conservation group Western Resource Advocates. The request for a rehearing is on the PUC agenda for the meeting in Denver.

A 2010 state law setting renewable energy requirements for utilities says Black Hills must generate 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources this year and that percentage jumps to 30 percent by 2020. The utility, which serves 94,000 electric customers in Southern Colorado, currently gets about 12 percent of its power from its Busch Wind Farm near Walsenburg.

The new request would add 34 wind turbines to that complex.

Black Hills Energy’s request to erect a new 60-megawatt addition to its wind-power complex in Huerfano County will be back in front of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.

The commissioners turned down the idea in February but Black Hills asked for a rehearing and it has the support of groups that are usually critics, such as the conservation group Western Resource Advocates. The request for a rehearing is on the PUC agenda for the meeting in Denver.

A 2010 state law setting renewable energy requirements for utilities says Black Hills must generate 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources this year and that percentage jumps to 30 percent by 2020. The utility, which serves 94,000 electric customers in Southern Colorado, currently gets about 12 percent of its power from its Busch Wind Farm near Walsenburg.

The new request would add 34 wind turbines to that complex.


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APR 12 2015
http://www.windaction.org/posts/42531-wind-power-plan-back-in-front-of-puc
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