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Duke completes Colorado wind farm

Duke Energy said its second commercial wind project is up and running.

The Kit Carson Windpower Project, which began running Nov. 19, brings Duke’s total wind-generation capacity to nearly 1,000 watts at nine U.S. wind farms, the company said.

Construction at the 6,000-acre wind farm northwest of Burlington, Colo., started this year. The project comprises 34 wind turbines made by General Electric and each capable of producing 1.5 megawatts of energy.

The energy produced by the Kit Carson site will serve customers of Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s electric cooperatives and public power districts through a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Duke said it has invested more than $1 billion in wind farms in the past three years.

In the fall, it announced that it had completed a wind farm in Wyoming, the Top of the World Windpower Project near Casper. The 200-megawatt wind farm supplies wind energy to PacifiCorp under the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement. Duke said the project’s 110 wind turbines are capable of producing enough electricity to power approximately 60,000 homes.

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