Rocky Mountain Power is ready to present its detailed wind plan to regulators in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho
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29 of June 2017 17:59:58
CHEYENNE – President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back coal and climate-change regulations aren't discouraging a utility from making a $3.5 billion investment in wind energy, the bulk of which will build dozens of new wind turbines in the top coal-producing state.Rocky Mountain Power is ready to present its detailed wind plan to regulators in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, utility officials announced Thursday.The plan includes building new power lines and putting longer blades on existing wind turbines so they can generate electricity in slower winds. But the biggest part will be building new turbines in Wyoming, the top coal-producing state.
Trump, who won Wyoming by a more than 46-point margin, has reinvigorated the hopes of many in the state. But long-term economic trends factor into Rocky Mountain Power's planning much more than the policies of any given administration, according to Eskelsen."For a long time, we have determined in that long-range planning process that the most cost-effective resources for customers are wind and natural gas," Eskelsen said.Wyoming already is home to the biggest wind farm in the works in the U.S., the $5 billion Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project under development by Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz. The up to 3,000-megawatt project will have as many as 1,000 turbines.Road work began last year and turbines will go up as soon as next year.The Anschutz project will export wind energy to the Southwest to help California meet is renewable energy requirements. Rocky Mountain Power's wind power will help serve PacifiCorp's six-state region, which includes the Pacific Northwest and northern California.
We applaud the Trump administration’s bold emphasis on creating a robust market for all sources of domestic energy https://t.co/geD4rxl40S— Count on Coal (@countoncoal) 29 de junio de 2017