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Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo., recently joined FPL Energy, Xcel Energy, Invenergy Wind and approximately 300 dignitaries and guests in Peetz, Colo., to break ground for a new 400 MW wind farm - the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center.

When complete, the project - developed by FPL Energy and Invenergy Wind - will be capable of generating enough electricity to power nearly 120,000 homes. Construction of the 267 GE wind turbines began this spring and is expected to be complete by the end of the year, the companies say.

"The town of Peetz and Logan County welcome the new jobs and revenue from this project," comments Ritter. "It's an excellent example of how Colorado benefits from the new energy economy."

In addition, to help meet its mandate, Xcel Energy will purchase wind power from the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center. FPL Energy is constructing a 78-mile transmission line to connect the Peetz Table facility to the power grid at Xcel Energy's Pawnee substation near Brush,Colo.

"By purchasing the energy from this project and from three others, we will reach Colorado's renewable energy standard seven years early," says Karen Hyde, managing director of resource planning and acquisitions at Xcel Energy.

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