June 11 (Renewables Now) - Regional utility Rocky Mountain Power last week said it has commenced construction on a project that will add 1,150 MW of wind power in Wyoming.
The scheme is part of the company’s Energy Vision 2020 that envisages the construction of three wind parks, the repowering of two existing wind farms and the installation of a new high-voltage transmission line.
More specifically, Rocky Mountain Power will build the Ekola and TB Flats I & II wind farms in Wyoming’s Carbon County and the Cedar Springs wind park in Converse County. Once operational, the three plants will have a combined capacity of 1,150 MW.
The repowering projects will upgrade existing wind turbines in Converse and Carbon counties with longer blades and more advanced turbines that will lift the output of the machines. The so-called Gateway West Transmission project, meanwhile, will involve the installation of a 140-mile (225km) transmission line in Sweetwater and Carbon counties that will link to PacifiCorp’s transmission network.
Rocky Mountain Power is part of US power utility firm PacifiCorp, which is in turn a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Energy. It expects the Energy Vision 2020 plan to bring “significant” post-construction annual tax revenues, starting at USD 11 million (EUR 9.7m) in 2021 and growing to USD 14 million per year by 2024.
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