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Xcel plans big new wind-power plant in eastern Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy says it plans to build the state’s largest wind farm in eastern Colorado with enough turbines to generate 600 megawatts of electricity.

The company announced the plan Tuesday but gave few details.

David Eves, president of Xcel’s Colorado operation, said the wind farm would occupy land in several counties but declined to say which ones. He also declined to say how much it would cost.

He said more details would come in May.

Xcel currently has the capacity to generate 2,500 megawatts with wind, enough to power about 1.3 million homes for a year.

The industry group American Wind Energy Association says Xcel has more wind power than any other U.S. utility, including both power it generates and purchases.

Xcel is based in Minneapolis.

Related: Long a leader in wind power, Xcel sees advantages in owning more wind farms

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