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Rocky Mountain Power to expand wind development in 4 Wyoming counties

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rocky Mountain Power hosts a tours to tout its Blue Sky clean energy program with a bus trip to the wind farm at the base of Spanish Fork canyon. Rocky Mountain Power contracts to buy the power from the station with nine wind mills, which at capacity generates 18.9 megawatts an hour.

Casper, Wyo. • Utility Rocky Mountain Power intends to expand in four Wyoming counties, growing its wind development in the state by 60 percent.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Salt Lake City-based utility on Tuesday said it’s pushing wind development and transmission in Wyoming ahead of a 2020 deadline in order to take advantage of federal tax credits.

The largest wind farm will be a 500 megawatt project in Carbon and Albany counties. A 250 megawatt facility will also be built in Carbon County, while a 400 megawatt project is coming to Converse County and a 161 megawatt farm to Uinta County.

The utility put out a request last fall for wind proposals of at least 10 megawatts that could reach operation by Dec. 31, 2020.

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