Power Company of Wyoming delays application for massive wind power project

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Power Company of Wyoming delayed its application with the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council because of state legislation that did not pass out of committee, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

The company is developing the 1,000-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project that is proposed to be built south of Rawlins, Wyo. The project could generate up to 2,000 MW of wind power.

Power Company of Wyoming was planning to file the application in late January but held off because of proposed state legislation that would have required companies with large projects to spend at least 25 percent of the anticipated cost in the first two years after the project is approved. Power Company Spokesperson Kara Choquette told the Star-Tribune the $5 billion wind power project would not have complied with the legislation because the largest costs in wind projects come in later years of development.

The company plans on meeting with the council in March to determine the best time to file its application and is targeting beginning construction in 2014.

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