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5 U.S. Wind Development Projects To Know In 2018
The U.S. wind energy industry is on track to reach new heights in 2018; according to the most recent Energy Acuity data, more than 8 GW of power is set to become operational this year. With 44 MW coming online in the first week of January 2018 for the Cross Winds Energy Park, this year could be a major boon for wind energy developers seeking to carve out an even larger chunk of our nation’s energy mix. Here are five projects we are keeping our eyes on:
1. Rush Creek—600 MW
Rush Creek wind farm is a 600-MW facility being developed in the Colorado counties of Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson, and Cheyenne by Xcel Energy. This wind development project is currently under construction and projected to be operational by October 2018. A new 83-mile, 345-kV transmission line, as well as two new substations, are being constructed as part of this project. The transmission line is expected to be in service by July 2018. The EIA Plant ID for this project is 60619.
2. Goodnight—497 MW
This wind project is being developed in Armstrong County in Texas. It has a projected operational date of December 2018 per ERCOT. Formerly developed by Tri Global Energy, this project is now being developed by FGE Power, LLC. The FGE Goodnight project represents more than half a billion dollars of direct and indirect expenditures and more than $50 million of additional tax revenue for the county’s tax authorities. The project will create more than 85 jobs during construction and support 15 permanent staff positions once fully operational. The EA Plant ID for this project is 59246.
3. Walnut Ridge—212 MW
This wind farm spans 14,000 acres of farmland in Bureau County, Illinois. It is currently under construction with a projected operating date of December 2018. Formerly developed by Geronimo Energy, this project will now be part of BHE Renewables’ development portfolio.The EIA Plant ID for this project is 58694.
4. Chilocco—153 MW
This Kay County, Oklahoma, wind project sits on 4,000 acres of Cherokee tribal trust land near the former Chilocco Indian School site. The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved the leasing in 2016. The Chilocco project is currently under construction and projected to be operating by December 2018. This project is being developed by the U.S. subsidiary of German developer PNE Wind AG. The EIA Plant ID for this project is 58406.
5. North English (Wind XI)—140 MW
The North English Wind Project is located about 60 miles from Des Moines, Iowa, in the farmlands of Poweshiek County, Iowa. It is currently under construction, with an expected operating date of December 2018 (per the MidAmerican Energy website). This project is one phase of a 2 GW wind portfolio being developed by MidAmerican Energy called Wind XI. While not every phase has been broken out by name and size, MidAmerican has completed the 170 MW Beaver Creek portion and will be completing the 168 MW Prairie Wind Farm in the early part of 2018. (You can view other phases of this wind project by searching Wind XI as a project name in the Energy Acuity database. This project is under MISO queue number J555.)