Black Hills announces commercial operations at Busch Ranch II, Natural Bridge
Black Hills Corp. announced that construction has been completed and commercial operations started for the 60-megawatt Busch Ranch II wind project in southern Colorado and the 35-mile Natural Bridge pipeline in eastern Wyoming. The $71M wind project was developed by Black Hills Corp.'s power generation segment, Black Hills Electric Generation, LLC, for its affiliate electric utility, Colorado Electric. The project is sited on 13,000 acres south of Pueblo, Colo., in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. All of the wind project's energy will be delivered to Colorado Electric through a 25-year power purchase agreement. Wyoming Gas' $54M, 12-inch steel Natural Bridge pipeline connects to new supply points near Douglas, Wyoming, and interconnects to existing facilities near Casper, Wyoming. The new pipeline enhances reliability of supply and provides additional capacity for approximately 57,000 customers in central Wyoming. With the completion of Busch Ranch II, Black Hills Corp. now owns and operates 150 megawatts of wind generation in southern Colorado, all of which serves our electric utility customers with clean, renewable energy. The wind project will help Colorado Electric achieve the state's Renewable Energy Standard of delivering 30 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2020. The wind farm will also further the City of Pueblo's stated intention of providing its local citizens more energy from renewable generation resources.