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.