Power Line Project Could Lure Wind Energy, Coal Plants

Laramie, WY – A new plan to extend high-voltage transmission lines from Wyoming through Idaho and Utah might improve the chance that new wind and coal-powered plants are built in the state. Rocky Mountain Power announced it will build more than 1,200 miles of the power lines. The head of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, Steve Waddington, says the project will make Wyoming a more attractive place to locate power plants. "So I think this will stimulate significant investment in high quality wind generation potential in Wyoming and also clean coal projects," he said. Energy experts have said that the lack of transmission lines has held investors back from building power generators in Wyoming. Waddington says this project goes a long way toward preparing the state for these kinds of projects.