Wind Energy in Colorado

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Wind turbines on Kansas prairie with an oil derrick in the foreground.

Wind energy brings Coloradans a host of economic benefits at the state and local level, boosting job creation and contributing immensely to the local tax base. Colorado leads the nation in wind energy generation, with wind energy producing 27.9% of all electricity in the state. These projects provide a secure, local source of energy, save water, and reduce residents’ exposure to harmful pollutants like nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxide. In addition to these benefits, wind energy also brings considerable economic growth to the states and localities that host projects. To date, total wind energy investment in Colorado is $9.8 billion. More than $10 million state and local tax dollars are generated by these projects and more than $18 million annually goes to Colorado residents directly in the form of land lease payments.

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