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Published on July 30th, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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2,000 MW Wind Farm Will Send Power from Wyoming to Southern California

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July 30th, 2008 by
 
vestas turbine stock photo[social_buttons]Add the name of Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz to the growing list of investors throwing their hats into the ring of a booming wind energy and transmission industry in the American west.

The Anschutz Corp. said Tuesday it has acquired the rights to a proposed $3 billion, 3,000-megawatt transmission project that will bring electricity from Wyoming to Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The 900-mile TransWest Express Project will carry power from a 2,000-megawatt wind farm Anschutz is developing in south-central Wyoming, a large portion of which will be built on a ranch he has owned for about 15 years.

A study by National Grid released this month concluded that wind-generated power produced in southern Wyoming is the most viable option for meeting the clean power demands of the desert Southwest. Both the wind farm and the proposed transmission project still must get approval from state and federal agencies, which will include an environmental impact study and opportunities for public comment. The permitting process will likely take 24-36 months to complete.

This is the fist venture into renewable energy for Anschutz, who made his fortune in oil, gas, real estate, telecommunications and entertainment. Today’s news comes in the wake of two major developments in US wind energy development: the well-publicized T. Boone Pickens push for a 4,000 MW wind farm and associated grid infrastructure in Texas, and the recent approval of a 909 megawatt wind farm in Oregon.

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  • http://www.ecigaretsmoke.dk/ E cigaret

    Amazing stuff

  • http://www.esmoke.dk E-Cigarette Man

    So, did this ever happend ?

    • Bob_Wallace

      It hasn’t happened yet. But it seems to still be alive and kicking.

      Oct. 5, 2011 – The TransWest Express Transmission Project has been selected to receive special focus from a new federal team designed to help accelerate federal permitting processes, modernize the nation’s electric grid, and create thousands of construction and operations jobs.

      The TWE Project is one of just seven transmission projects in the United States to be prioritized by the “Rapid Response Team for Transmission,” which is led by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies.

      http://www.transwestexpress.net/news/alerts/2011/100511-rapid-response.shtml

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  • Uncle B

    Windpower is great but If the U.S. had chosen to be a moral people, and leaving Iraqi oil alone, and following Al Gore, decided to develop the South Western deserts, with the technology of the times – solar/thermal-molten sodium – electricity installations, for the same amount of money as that war cost, ($650 Billion), today, we would be tapping into the largest, renewable, sustainable, energy source the world has ever known. It would have paid every energy bill in the U.S.A. for maintenance fees only – FOREVER! It would be equivalent to an oil field that can NEVER run dry! Low cost electric power, and storeable hydrogen gasoline replacement from the electricity, for all!

    After the millions of murders, and $650 billions of dollars, borrowed from our children’s futures and pissed away, with thousands of our own and others maimed and disfigured for life, millions of families utterly destroyed, ours and theirs, we are no closer to Iraqi oil production than the Iraqis are!

    The next time you hear a blithering idiot spoiled brat, drunken, drug addicted, sociopath, rich Arabic saber dancing daddie’s boy oilman, stand at a microphone and threaten YOUR safety with someone ELSE’S weapons, remember what you lost America, remember, and weep! (also see http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=a-solar-grand-plan)

  • Uncle B

    Windpower is great but If the U.S. had chosen to be a moral people, and leaving Iraqi oil alone, and following Al Gore, decided to develop the South Western deserts, with the technology of the times – solar/thermal-molten sodium – electricity installations, for the same amount of money as that war cost, ($650 Billion), today, we would be tapping into the largest, renewable, sustainable, energy source the world has ever known. It would have paid every energy bill in the U.S.A. for maintenance fees only – FOREVER! It would be equivalent to an oil field that can NEVER run dry! Low cost electric power, and storeable hydrogen gasoline replacement from the electricity, for all!

    After the millions of murders, and $650 billions of dollars, borrowed from our children’s futures and pissed away, with thousands of our own and others maimed and disfigured for life, millions of families utterly destroyed, ours and theirs, we are no closer to Iraqi oil production than the Iraqis are!

    The next time you hear a blithering idiot spoiled brat, drunken, drug addicted, sociopath, rich Arabic saber dancing daddie’s boy oilman, stand at a microphone and threaten YOUR safety with someone ELSE’S weapons, remember what you lost America, remember, and weep! (also see http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=a-solar-grand-plan)

  • Bill Woods

    “… And to be honest, I’m not sure if everyone who reads this automatically knows how much a gigawatt is.”

    1.21 gigawatts is what it takes to jumpstart a flux capacitor — everybody knows that.

  • Bill Woods

    “… And to be honest, I’m not sure if everyone who reads this automatically knows how much a gigawatt is.”

    1.21 gigawatts is what it takes to jumpstart a flux capacitor — everybody knows that.

  • http://www.economicefficiency.blogspot.com WillG

    At what cost to the tax payers?? Ol’ Boone Pickens plan is full of tax breaks and subsidies. How about this one?

  • http://www.economicefficiency.blogspot.com WillG

    At what cost to the tax payers?? Ol’ Boone Pickens plan is full of tax breaks and subsidies. How about this one?

  • http://www.bigg-media.com Brent

    [Notice every Wyoming interconnection request is wind power]…

    Having grown up in south east Wyoming, wind is the one major thing Wyoming has plenty of and can contribute to society.

    60mph winds almost all winter where I grew up. It is time it was finally put to use.

  • http://www.bigg-media.com Brent

    [Notice every Wyoming interconnection request is wind power]…

    Having grown up in south east Wyoming, wind is the one major thing Wyoming has plenty of and can contribute to society.

    60mph winds almost all winter where I grew up. It is time it was finally put to use.

  • http://www.triond.com/users/Judy+Sheldon Judy Sheldon

    Fascinating. Harnessing energy is such an intriguing topic, and the benefits are endless.

  • http://www.triond.com/users/Judy+Sheldon Judy Sheldon

    Fascinating. Harnessing energy is such an intriguing topic, and the benefits are endless.

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  • http://redgreenandblue.org Timothy B. Hurst

    Tim and JL-

    thanks for the links.

    richansa-

    Good question, perhaps for effect I suppose. And to be honest, I’m not sure if everyone who reads this automatically knows how much a gigawatt is. Megawatt is a term that people (at least in the U.S.) have a little bit better of a grasp on.

    Thanks for your input.

  • http://redgreenandblue.org Timothy B. Hurst

    Tim and JL-

    thanks for the links.

    richansa-

    Good question, perhaps for effect I suppose. And to be honest, I’m not sure if everyone who reads this automatically knows how much a gigawatt is. Megawatt is a term that people (at least in the U.S.) have a little bit better of a grasp on.

    Thanks for your input.

  • http://www.misterinfo.de/partner erichansa

    I’m confused, why call it 2000MW when there’s a better term for that.

  • http://www.misterinfo.de/partner erichansa

    I’m confused, why call it 2000MW when there’s a better term for that.

  • JL
  • JL
  • JL

    Check out PacifiCorp’s Generator Interconnection Queue (it is basically the “line” you have to stand in to interconnect your electricity generating facility to the transmission system). Notice every Wyoming interconnection request is wind power, excepting two. Wind is here to stay folks.

  • JL

    Check out PacifiCorp’s Generator Interconnection Queue (it is basically the “line” you have to stand in to interconnect your electricity generating facility to the transmission system). Notice every Wyoming interconnection request is wind power, excepting two. Wind is here to stay folks.

  • http://www.brightfuture.us Tim

    It will be extremely interesting to see how this project unfolds. It is becoming increasingly clear that the most pressing goal for developing more wind power generating capacity is not the building of new wind farms, but the rather the effective transportation of the resulting energy to where it is most needed. Not to mention the problems with simply integrating that much new power into the grid, as Ariel mentioned in her post on the Oregon windfarm. Hopefully this will prove a successful pilot project.

    More energy solutions: http://www.brightfuture.us

  • http://www.brightfuture.us Tim

    It will be extremely interesting to see how this project unfolds. It is becoming increasingly clear that the most pressing goal for developing more wind power generating capacity is not the building of new wind farms, but the rather the effective transportation of the resulting energy to where it is most needed. Not to mention the problems with simply integrating that much new power into the grid, as Ariel mentioned in her post on the Oregon windfarm. Hopefully this will prove a successful pilot project.

    More energy solutions: http://www.brightfuture.us

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