January 2000 - Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) announced plans to add two new 660-kW wind turbines to its Medicine Bow project to meet growing customer demand for green power. The turbines will provide additional power for the wind power programs offered by utilities in Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland, Colorado. Some of the power will also be used to supply a new program being developed by the town of Estes Park. The two turbines, expected to be operational this summer, represent the second expansion of the Wyoming project in the past year and will increase the total project capacity to approximately 6 MW.
News Release - PRPA Wind Site to Expand
Estes Park Contact: Mike Mangelsen (970) 586-5331
October 1999 - In early October, Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) completed installation of five new, 660-kW wind turbines at its Medicine Bow site in Wyoming. The turbines are providing power to a variety of Colorado-based utility customers.
One of the turbines will provide power for New Belgium Brewing Company, a Fort-Collins-based brewery that is now meeting 100% of its electricity needs with wind energy. Another turbine will supply power to the City of Aspen, which elected to increase the amount of renewable power in its system mix. Another two turbines will provide power for green pricing programs offered by the Fort Collins, Loveland, and Longmont municipal utilities.
The output from the fifth turbine is going to Tri-State G&T, which is supplying the power to 14 of its member distribution cooperatives. Together, the distribution cooperatives have customer commitments to purchase about 1400, 100-kWh monthly blocks of wind energy at a 2.5¢/kWh premium.
News Release - Construction Completed on New Wind Turbines
Tri-State Contact: Mark Graham (303) 452-6111
March 1997 - Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) is supplying the wind power for both programs. The City of Loveland is already receiving power from PRPA's Medicine Bow (Wyoming) wind site. PRPA is adding five more turbines at the existing site, with a portion of the project output earmarked to supply the Longmont and Loveland programs.
PRPA Contact: John R. Bleem (970) 229-5304