Renewables in the Rockies
Community open house showcases Colorado's Cedar Point Wind Farm
At Enbridge, we fuel quality of life for communities across North America.
Communities just like Limon, Colorado.
We transport, distribute, and generate energy – and the Cedar Point Wind Farm is one of a wide array of renewable energy facilities owned by Enbridge that, together, supply enough electricity to power nearly 600,000 homes.
Visitors to the Cedar Point Wind Farm open house get a peek inside a turbine base.
Recently, our Cedar Point Wind Farm operations staff treated its host community, Limon, to an open house. More than 60 guests toured the facility, including the town’s mayor, fire chief, landowners, a representative from the office of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, and students and staff from Limon Independent School District.
“We are looking forward to being in this community for a long time, and it was good to be able to showcase the important work that we do, and see that our neighbors are interested to learn more about us,” says Rick Orlowski, Cedar Point’s site supervisor.
Completed in September 2011, the 250-megawatt (MW) Cedar Point Wind Farm serves the equivalent of about 80,000 homes with zero-emission energy. Energy produced at Cedar Point is sold to the Public Service Company of Colorado, through a 20-year power purchase agreement. During its construction period, the project created more than 365 jobs in the community, and continues to supply 20 local, full-time operational positions.
Cedar Point’s open house, held on Sept. 26, included educational games that focused on wind energy, and an opportunity to peek into the tower of a turbine. Vestas, which operates the facility’s turbines, presented information on the technology used to manage and monitor the turbines, while Western Ecosystems Technology Inc. (WEST), the facility’s wildlife consulting firm, explained how Cedar Point monitors and manages wildlife issues at the site.
A school-wide Importance of Energy art contest, which saw participation from students throughout the Limon Independent School District, was built around the Cedar Point open house. “This event served as a great learning opportunity for our students and community to learn about Enbridge and see firsthand how the wind farm generates the electricity that we need for everyday life,” says Cody Weber, Limon ISD’s agriculture education teacher.
Since 2002, Enbridge has invested nearly $4-billion in green power – including 12 wind farms, four solar energy operations, a geothermal project, power transmission, waste heat recovery, and a host of other alternative energy technology projects – that, together, have the capacity to generate more than 1,800 MW of zero-emission energy.