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Pacific Power has selected four new wind projects to fulfill plans to expand the amount of wind energy. The four projects will expand the company’s owned and contracted wind power by more than 60 per cent. The bids were selected following a request for proposal (RFP) issued in September 2017.

The RFP establishes a competitive bidding process for the company to select the most cost-effective new wind projects. The four selected projects are:

  • A 400 MW wind project in Converse County, Wyoming, which will be built by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, with half of the project owned and operated by PacifiCorp, and half of the project owned and delivered by NextEra under a Power Purchase Agreement.
  • A 161 MW wind project in Uinta County, Wyoming, which will be built by Invenergy, LLC, and owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
  • A 500 MW wind project in Carbon and Albany Counties, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.
  • A 250 MW wind project in Carbon County, Wyoming, which will be built, owned and operated by PacifiCorp.

The cost of the four new wind projects is estimated at approximately US$ 1.5 billion. Pending approval from state regulatory commissions, acquisition of rights of way, and receipt of permits, construction of the new wind and transmission projects is expected to begin in 2019.

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