Glenrock, Wyoming [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Pacific Power proposes to use part of a restored surface coal mine as the site for a new 99-megawatt (MW) wind project it plans to build in the coming year.
The utility plans to locate 66 wind turbines in an area where more than 40 years of surface coal mining took place. The company requested a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Wyoming Public Service Commission July 3 as part of its efforts to move the project forward.
“We are pleased to announce plans for a new Wyoming wind energy facility that will benefit customers by adding new cost-effective renewable energy to our electrical system,” said Pat Reiten, president of Pacific Power, “as part of a comprehensive strategy to achieve a more balanced mix of resources used to generate electricity.”
Although the 4,600 acres of mined land was successfully restored to its original condition nearly two years ago, Pacific Power plans to move beyond reclamation to once again use the former mine property to help meet its customers’ growing electricity needs. The resource selected for the site this time around, however, is sustainable wind energy.
The Glenrock Wind Energy Project will contribute to the 2,000 megawatts of cost-effective renewable energy PacifiCorp, which includes Pacific Power and sister company Rocky Mountain Power, expects to have included in its generation resource mix by 2013. The project also will provide significant tax revenue to state, county and local jurisdictions. The company plans to begin construction as soon as all necessary permits and approvals are in place and hopes to be able to complete the project by October 2008.