Wyoming governor Jim Geringer is backing Kenetech's proposed wind plant in the Rocky Mountain state. Geringer, speaking at a conference of Western Public Service Commissioners in mid June, described the project as the "epitome of economic development." His endorsement is considered significant as Wyoming is long known for favouring conventional fuels. "With the technology that is available today, we are looking at a complementary energy source that is not only clean but virtually unlimited in its supply," continued Geringer.
A final environmental report on the 70.5 MW project, to be installed near Rawlins in southern Wyoming, is expected this month from the US Bureau of Land Management. Phase I of the $80 million project would use some 200 Kenetech wind turbines. Civil construction may begin as soon as 30 days after BLM approval, says Kenetech's Bud Grebey.
But still at issue is the involvement of Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and its agreement to buy 25 MW. The project's primary owner, however, will be PacifiCorp. Kenetech hopes the project will ultimately consist of 500 MW and says it will proceed even without a BPA decision.
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