Rush Creek Wind Project
In September 2016, Colorado took a huge step towards a renewable energy future with the approval of the Rush Creek wind project. This wind farm, which will be located on Colorado’s eastern plains, will generate 600 megawatts of clean energy for the state.
Not only will this huge wind project generate enough electricity to power 180,000 homes, it will eliminate one million tons of carbon pollution per year. Rush Creek will expand the local tax base, support energy industry innovation, create hundreds of jobs, and generate more than $180 million in landowner lease payments and property taxes.
This wind farm will remove the same amount of carbon emissions as taking 200,000 cars off the road for a year.
Air pollution threatens our health by causing life-threatening respiratory illnesses, like childhood asthma, that cost us billions of dollars each year. Clean energy, like the Rush Creek wind project, can alleviate these health effects by powering our grid without polluting our air.
Who Gets to Decide on Colorado’s Energy Mix “Renewables have rapidly become much more cost-effective, and our state has vast potential for producing energy from solar and wind. The question arises: who gets to decide on Colorado’s energy mix? There are five key players who help decide our state’s energy future.”
Xcel Energy reaches agreement on massive Rush Creek Wind Project – The Denver Post
Huge Rush Creek Wind project gets PUC OK – The Denver Post – “Xcel Energy expects to start construction on Rush Creek next year with electricity to start flowing in late 2018.”
Colorado’s biggest wind farm proposal gets big backing – Denver Business Journal
Rush Creek Connect – Xcel Energy
Proposed Route Map – Xcel Energy
Fact Sheet – Xcel Energy
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