May 8, 2013 4:38 PM by Juice Godfrey

NCAR and Xcel extend partnership

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Xcel Energy hopes it can save its customers money with the help of more extensive weather forecasting from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.

NCAR and Minneapolis-based Xcel announced Wednesday that they are furthering their partnership to use weather predictions to improve the efficiency of renewable energy.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports NCAR scientists will develop programs to predict changes in wind as well as major ice events that would require wind turbines to be shut down. Researchers also hope to be able to predict the amount of energy that can be generated by solar panels, based on the weather.

The information will be used by Xcel control centers in Minneapolis, the Denver area and Amarillo, Texas.

The program is being funded by a $4.1 million federal grant.


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