Rocky Mountain Power has officially completed its Energy Vision 2020 initiative.
The program, first announced in 2017, more than doubled the electric utility’s existing wind energy generation capacity.
It included four new Wyoming wind projects — Cedar Springs I, Cedar Springs II, Ekola Flats and TB Flats — with a combined capacity of 1,150 megawatts, as well as the repowering of existing wind turbines and construction of a 140-mile stretch of transmission line between Medicine Bow and Rock Springs.
The expanded wind capacity impacts all six states served by Rocky Mountain Power’s parent company, PacifiCorp.
“This is a major step forward in realizing our vision of a future where PacifiCorp delivers energy to our customers affordably, reliably and without greenhouse gas emissions,” Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power, PacifiCorp’s retail service division in Oregon, Washington and California, said in a statement.
Despite pandemic-related supply chain shortages, the last project to be completed — Carbon County’s 500-megawatt TB Flats wind farm — went online in April, but it took Rocky Mountain Power several months to declare the facility commercially operational.
“When we complete a project, there’s a period of time when we’re working with the developers to go through the final punch list of construction items, and making sure that all of the details of the project are completed and verified,” said David Eskelsen, a spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power.