On An Old Coal Mine, Wind Turbines Planned

Laramie, WY – Where there once was a coal mine, soon wind turbines will spring up. Rocky Mountain Power says it will build a 99-megawatt wind farm on the restored land where the Dave Johnston coal mine operated for more than 40 years.

Spokesman Jeff Hymas says this location offered several incentives.

"This is an ideal site for a wind project, near Glennrock, one is because it is located near existing transmission systems and also because we do own the land. And we will have to build additional transmission to get it onto the electrical system, but being nearby it helps," he said.

When the turbines go online next year, they will represent about 11 percent of the company's total renewable energy output. The company plans to more than double the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources by 2013.