Xcel Energy Inc.’s proposal for a massive, $1.1 billion 600-megawatt Rush Creek wind farm and 90-mile transmission line in eastern Colorado was approved Friday by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

The three commissions on Friday verbally approved a settlement Xcel (NYSE: XEL) announced in early September in support of the Rush Creek wind farm and power line as well as for another major transmission line. The wind farm will generate enough power to meet the needs of about 180,000 homes in Colorado.

PUC Chairman Joshua Epel on Friday said he was pleased by the settlement’s broad support “that significantly increases renewable energy in the state, will be a driver of economic development in rural Colorado and helps sustain the renewable energy supply chain that has matured in Colorado, to support renewable energy in the state and a project that will be an economic driver in Colorado.”

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