The groundbreaking ceremony for the Cedar Point Wind Farm as held on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. The Cedar Point Wind Project is a 252 megawatts (MW) wind energy project to be constructed in Lincoln, Elbert, and Arapahoe counties in eastern Colorado. The two major components of this project consist of a turbine area and an electrical transmission line. As currently planned, the project would consist of 139 1.8 MW turbines, two onsite project substations, an operations and maintenance building and over 40 miles of overhead transmission line. The turbines will be located along the Heartland Expressway on Colorado Highway 71 north of Limon, Colorado. The project will connect with the Public Service Company (PSCo) 230k Transmission Line North of Deer Trail, Colorado.
The project is being developed and built by Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) of Broomfield, Colorado. Upon completion it will be owned and operated by Enbridge, Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Enbridge has a power contract with Excel Energy for the next 20 years. All the primary components including turbines, towers and blades will be manufactured by Vestas in Colorado.
Highlighting the groundbreaking ceremony were speakers and shovelers: Jim Schultz, Senior Vice President, Green Energy, Enbridge, Inc.; Del Beattie, Mayor or the Town of Limon; Tom Plant, Executive Director, Governor’s Energy Office; Tim Kawakami, Director of Purchase Power, Excel Energy; Doug MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Vestas; and Vic Fryling, CEO, RES Americas.
During construction that will be completed in late 2011, there will be up to 250 workers on the site and upon completion there will be twelve permanent jobs in the community.
The project’s location in the Ports-to-Plains Alliance region is another indication of the importance of wind resources to the economies of the Alliance communities from Texas on the south to North Dakota, Montana and Alberta on the north.
Wind resources are abundant in the region which includes 3 of the top 10 states in installed wind energy are in the region: Texas-1st; Colorado-9th; North Dakota-10th.
The region includes 5 of top 10 states with projects under construction: Colorado-4th; Oklahoma-7th; Texas-8th; Wyoming-9th; South Dakota-10th. The potential is even greater with 9 of the top 10 states in potential in the region: Texas-1st; Kansas-2nd; Montana-3rd; Nebraska-4th; South Dakota-5th; North Dakota-6th; Wyoming-8th; Oklahoma-9th; New Mexico-10th. Colorado ranks 11th in the nation in potential for wind energy. In Canada, Alberta ranks 3rd in installed and planned or under construction wind projects.