Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project
The proposed Roundhouse Renewable Energy Project consists of wind turbines that would be built in Wyoming. The Larimer County/Fort Collins component of the project is the proposed above-ground 230-kilovolt transmission line which would carry the wind farm’s output approximately 12 miles through northern Larimer County – and possibly Weld County – and connect to Platte River’s Rawhide Energy Station. Approximately nine miles of the transmission line is proposed to be located on City-owned Meadow Springs Ranch.
City Council will be asked to approve an easement on Meadow Springs Ranch to successfully complete the project. A cooperating letter of support will also be considered in support of Larimer County’s 1041 process.
Residents and stakeholders in northern Colorado can learn more about the proposed wind project and its associated transmission line by attending a public open house in Fort Collins.
Project developers, together with the City of Fort Collins will host the open house. Everyone is invited!
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 4 to 7 p.m.
Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 E. Willow St. Fort Collins, Eagle Room 3
People may learn about the proposed 150-megawatt wind farm and the transmission route alternatives under consideration to deliver renewable energy to Platte River’s community owners – Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland.
Participants may provide written comments on the proposed project, which will be delivered to Fort Collins City Council and area regulators who are responsible for permitting various aspects of the project.
Meadow Springs Ranch
City of Fort Collins' role and process
A collaborative team from the City, NextEra and Platte River are working together to deliver an outstanding project for all entities involved. Each agency has unique objectives and have identified key action items to ensure overall success, including using Energy by Design methodology during project design and coordinating communications.
Energy by Design considers natural and cultural resources on the landscape.The landscape includes Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Meadow Springs Ranch. The open spaces north of Soapstone Prairie and Meadow Springs are considered in the State of Wyoming permitting process and City of Fort Collins is monitoring that process as well as the viewshed and other topics associated with a nearby wind energy facility.
Meet Meadow Springs Ranch
Meadow Springs Ranch is a City of Fort Collins Utility-owned 26,600-acre ranch near the Wyoming border. It is the land application site for regulatory compliant biosolids (a nutrient-rich organic material created from the biological and physical treatment of wastewater). Meadow Springs is a working cattle ranch that emphasizes environmental conservation and stewardship.
Meadow Springs Ranch Natural Values:
- Wildlife habitat
- Rare plants and animals including the federally endangered black-footed ferret and threatened Colorado butterfly plant
- Wide open vistas
- Intact shortgrass prairie supporting the full suite of grassland species native to this region
- Perennial streams with legally protected flows (due to their high biological values), native plains fish and amphibians
- A landscape containing significant archaeological sites