Overland Pass Energy

Project Overview



Overland Pass Energy represents one of the last and largest undeveloped high-wind footprint areas in Colorado. This site was originally developed by National Wind (from 2009-2013) until their new owners put National Wind into bankruptcy. Since that time, the Bankruptcy Trustee let the leases expire, the met towers deteriorate, and never seriously sought a buyer for the development project. As the initial lead developer on the project (NRS – Patrick Pelstring), NRS has access to the met data, the line lists (and people), and transmission studies. And, significantly, Patrick has reconnected with the primary project contacts in the area and has re-engaged them and many of the local landowners. Fortunately, the interest remains high for the landowners of Overland Pass Energy.

The area is planned to have two footprints, one a very large, approximately 100,000-acre footprint on the very edge of the northeast Colorado border with Nebraska in Sedgwick County, and a smaller 20,000-30,000-acre footprint in adjacent Phillips and Logan Counties. The Sedgwick footprint has some of the best quality wind in Colorado. The Phillips/Logan site represents a smaller opportunity with a very good wind resource, but has direct access to the WAPA transmission system, giving access to several off-take groups in NW Colorado and Nebraska.

NRS has been very active in the footprint over the past 12 months and has now been actively pursuing option/leasing initiative to memorialize the local land commitments. The wind data supports 8.8-9.0mps in the Sedgwick site and 8.6+mps in the Phillips/Logan site.

The project area has nearby transmission for interconnection into onsite WAPA lines, and has the opportunity to reach Tri-State within 15 miles and SPP just over the border, in Nebraska. The project has the additional opportunity to hit the PSCo service territory, which operates several wind farms about 30 miles to the southwest. These grids allow for a variety of active off-take options including Tri-State, PSCo, Black Hills Power (including Colorado Springs), Platte River Power (based in Fort Collins), and the Municipal Utility of the City of Boulder.

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