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Colorado Renewable Energy Forum. Northeastern Junior College Lance Bolton, Ph.D. 3-4-09. Northeastern Junior College Partners Advisory Council Members. NextEra Energy (Formerly FPL Energy) Largest generator of renewable energy in the United States. Colorado Highlands Wind, LLC

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Colorado Renewable Energy Forum

Northeastern Junior College

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

3-4-09


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Northeastern Junior College PartnersAdvisory Council Members

  • NextEra Energy (Formerly FPL Energy)

    • Largest generator of renewable energy in the United States.

  • Colorado Highlands Wind, LLC

  • General Electric

  • Wazee Wind

  • Excel Energy

  • Logan County

  • USDA

  • NE CO WFC


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Iberdrola

AES Wind

FPL Energy

EDP Horizon Wind Energy

Babcock & Brown

MidAmerican Energy

2007 Installed Wind Capacity (1)

The U.S. wind industry is currently dominated by large companies

Top U.S. Wind Developers/Owners

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Strong U.S. wind fundamentals continue to

present a significant growth opportunity

(1) Source: Emerging Energy Research


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Material Support

  • NextEra Energy - $170,000 received.

    • Active participation in our Advisory Council

  • Colorado Highlands Wind LLC

    • $25,000 per year in scholarship funding

    • 15 Internships per year providing each student with 320 hours of on-site experience

    • Access to Highlands Wind towers and turbines for training.

    • Highlands Wind employees training NJC students

    • Total Support value in excess of $500,000

    • Active participation in our Advisory Council


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Why Invest in NJC Wind Training?

  • Local Workforce

    • FPL Energy reports that 80% of their employees remain at the Peetz Wind Farm for less than 18 months.

    • Those who stay are typically local workers who have received training and taken jobs at the wind farm.

    • FPL Energy, GE, and Colorado Highlands Wind all report that they much prefer to hire trained local talent because it dramatically reduces turnover and associated training and relocation costs.


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Why Local Talent?

  • Conditions are harsh

    • Climate

    • Wind

    • Physical Ability

  • Wind Farms are in very rural areas

    • Peetz, CO – Population 227

    • Fleming, CO – Population 442

    • 30 Miles to Sterling

    • Over 100 miles to Greeley, CO. The nearest city with a population over 50,000


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Who Is the Ideal Worker

  • Young men or women raised on a farm in the NE Colorado region

    • Experienced with Agriculture Machinery

    • Trained in a wind-tech program that includes basic education courses such as physics as well as electrical systems, high voltage, mechanics, and even basic management or business courses.

    • Not only capable of maintaining today’s turbines, but also capable of moving up in the organization and learning new technologies as the arrive.

  • Veterans with experience maintaining military equipment.


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How Many Jobs Created

  • After Towers are constructed:

    • FPL Energy maintains a team of 17 technicians that are sometimes (supported by 6 other maintenance workers who travel a larger territory) at their Peetz, CO site (2nd largest wind farm in the U.S.)

    • GE maintains a team of 7 technicians in Peetz for warranty work.


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Why Northeast Colorado

  • According to GE representatives who test wind conditions nation-wide, “Northeast Colorado and SE Wyoming have the highest quality wind resources in the nation.” They went on to explain that NE Colorado wind resources are 10% – 20% superior in wind speed and consistency than any other wind development areas in the nation.


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NE Colorado: Rapidly Growing Wind Development RegionThe Peetz, CO Wind farm is the second largest wind farm operating in the nation.


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Wind Energy: Good for AmericaGood for Northeast Colorado

  • Biggest wealth generator in rural Colorado since the introduction of the pivot sprinkler system.

  • Increased Property Tax Base

    • Logan County – Now 2nd largest wind farm in America

      • $1 billion dollar Wind Energy Investment

      • 350 Towers generating more than 525 MW of power - enough for more than 250,000 homes

    • Land Leases for farmers

    • Jobs

    • Sales Tax for Logan County – up 9% in January


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Planned Developments

  • Colorado Highlands Wind – 60 Towers immediately generating 90 MW of power and over $100 million dollars in investment

  • NECO – 60 Towers East of Sterling generating (60 x 1.8) 108 MW of power and over $100 million dollars in investment

  • NextEra Energy – 100 new Siemens Towers generating 230 additional MW of Power and over $150 million dollars of new investment



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Getting Energy to Market

  • Transmission Upgrades

    • National Scope

    • Immediate

  • Colorado Highlands Wind LLC

    • Developing land in NE Logan County, near Fleming, CO

    • Currently installing 60 GE towers generating 90 MW of energy

    • Capable of developing their current property to deliver more than 2,500 MW if they could reach a market with the energy.


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Energy Markets

  • From 1948 through the 1960’s Saudi Arabian oil averaged between $2.50 and $3.00 per barrel.

  • There was severely limited capacity to get oil from the middle east to the rest of the world.

  • Analogous to NE Colorado today – energy rich but transmission poor.


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Alternative Energy Needs

Gov. Ritter has doubled Colorado's renewable energy standard, requiring that 20 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2020

  • Excel recently contracted with NextEra Energy for their new Peetz production. Very close to meeting this standard.

  • Excel produces approximately 70% of state’s energy.


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Cost of Electricity as of November 2008 (Cents per Kw Hour)

  • Colorado – 9.94 – ranks 30th from high to low of the 50 states.

  • New York – 16.92

  • New Jersey – 15.55

  • Connecticut – 19.81

  • Massachusetts – 17.74

  • California – 14.76

  • Delaware – 14.54


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Cost of Building a National Smart Grid

  • Estimated Cost - $30 Billion

    • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, set aside $11 billion for the creation of a smart grid

  • Estimated Annual Cost of Power Outages in the U.S. - $50 Billon - Electric Power Research Institute