Xcel Energy Seeks Fast Track for Wind Power Bids

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In order to take full advantage of the recent Congressional extension of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind generation, Xcel Energy yesterday filed a request with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to further expedite a company bidding process for new wind power in the state. On Aug. 11, 2004, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission gave Xcel Energy (XEL) permission to issue a “Request of Proposal” for up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy expected to primarily be wind under the company’s overall resource planning process. The bidding process for this wind power began the following week and was to continue through Nov. 23, 2004. [ more ]