Wind Power

Xcel Energy is the nation's leading supplier of wind energy to retail customers.

As of early 2006, we had about 1,100 megawatts of wind energy capacity in service, and expect to increase to more than 2,300 megawatts by the end of 2007. This includes more than 1,000 megawatts each in Colorado and Minnesota.

Our goal is add another 1,700 megawatts more of wind capacity by 2012.

We are also a leader in offering our customers choice in buying renewable energy. Through our Windsource® program, customers in Colorado, New Mexico and Minnesota can specify that part or all of their electricity be generated by the wind. Windsource® is sold in 100 kWh blocks.  Customers choose the number of blocks they want to buy, from one block per month up to 100% of their electricity usage.

We meet our customers' demand for Windsource® by generating or purchasing wind energy from wind turbines and supplying it onto our electrical system. Because wind energy costs more to produce than electricity from conventional sources such as coal or gas, customers pay a slightly higher price for it. The Windsource® program is the largest voluntary wind power program in the country.

We're proud to have built Colorado's first commercial wind farm, our Ponnequin Wind Farm in northern Colorado, and to purchase the entire output of the state's second wind farm as well.  We offer customers in New Mexico wind power through New Mexico's first voluntary wind energy program and from the first commercial-scale wind facility in the state, the Llano Estacado Wind Ranch at Texico-Farwell.