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Westminster, Colo.-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., a nonprofit wholesale power supplier, has entered into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC for a 150 MW wind power generating facility to be constructed in eastern Colorado.

Under the agreement, Tri-State will purchase the entire output and associated environmental attributes of the Carousel Wind Farm. When the project begins commercial operation, Tri-State says the wind farm will provide electricity for its 44 member cooperatives across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

The project will interconnect to existing Tri-State transmission facilities in the Burlington area and is possible only because of planned transmission upgrades in the area, Tri-State reports. The upgrades are expected to be completed in 2016.

"Given existing transmission constraints in eastern Colorado, one of the important factors in this agreement with NextEra was having the project completed at the same time as those system upgrades," comments Brad Nebergall, Tri-State's senior vice president. "We can't reliably purchase and deliver the output from Carousel to our member systems without the appropriate transmission infrastructure."

A NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary will construct, own and operate the Carousel Wind Farm, Tri-State notes.

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