CARBON COUNTY — Rocky Mountain Power plans to host a grounding-breaking event on the company’s $3.1 billion Energy Vision 2020 project on Wednesday.
The project is expected to create up to 1,600 construction jobs, create more than 100 full-time positions and add millions of dollars in local taxes, according to a RMP press release.
The initiative includes three new Wyoming wind farms that will provide 1,150 mega-watts of wind, and represents about a 60 percent expansion of PacifiCorp’s current owned and contracted wind fleet. It will also add a 140-mile high-voltage transmission line in Wyoming that will connect more wind energy to PacifiCorp’s transmission system.
In addition, the company’s Energy Vision 2020 initiative will upgrade, or “repower,” the company’s existing windfleet with longer blades and newer technology to boost output and extend the life of the projects, the release states.
The groundbreaking is expected to take place at 10 a.m. June 5 at Seven Mile Wind Farm, 2681 U.S. Highway 30 in Hanna.
Attendees will include county commissioners, state and local officials, Rocky Mountain Power and PacifiCorp leadership and residents.