Rocky Mountain Power, local leaders and community members kicked off construction efforts on Energy Vision 2020 Wednesday during a groundbreaking in Carbon County, Wyoming.
Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Power
The project includes three new wind farms that will provide a total 1,150 MW of new wind, which represents a nearly 60 percent expansion of PacifiCorp’s current owned and contracted wind fleet, as well as a 140-mile high-voltage transmission line in the state that will help more wind energy connect to PacifiCorp’s transmission system.
In addition to the new wind projects and transmission line, the company’s Energy Vision 2020 initiative will upgrade, or “repower,” the company’s existing wind fleet with longer blades and newer technology to boost output and extend the life of the projects.
“Today’s achievement is an important milestone in a long history of PacifiCorp’s investment in Wyoming,” said Gary Hoogeveen, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power. “Working in partnership with community leaders and active citizens, we continue to forge new ways to maintain Wyoming’s place as a national powerhouse in energy production.”
Projects within Energy Vision 2020 include:
Repowering current wind turbines, Converse County
Repowering current wind turbines, Carbon County
New wind construction, Ekola and TB Flats I & II, Carbon County
New wind construction, Cedar Springs, Converse County
Gateway West Transmission (Sweetwater & Carbon Counties)
These investments will help diversify the state’s economy and are expected to create between 1,100 and 1,600 construction jobs in Wyoming and more than 100 full-time positions. It is also anticipated the investments will add approximately $120 million in tax revenue from construction.