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PacifiCorp plans $3.5bn green drive

Initiative includes 1.1GW of new wind projects by 2020

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PacifiCorp plans to invest $3.5bn in clean energy expansion, including 1.1GW of new wind projects mainly in Wyoming by the end of decade.

The plan also includes upgrading 900MW of existing wind farms with larger blades and new technology by 2020.

A further 859MW of new wind will be built in Wyoming and Idaho between 2028 and 2036, PacifiCorp said.

It will also construct 1.04GW of new solar capacity between 2028 and 2036.

The plans also include building a segment of the Gateway West 500kV transmission line between Medicine Bow, Wyoming, and the Jim Bridger power plant in the south western part of the state.

The 140-mile line, which is set to be in service by the end of 2020, would enable additional wind generation, the company said.

The Integrated Resource Plan has been filed with utility regulators across PacifiCorp’s six-state service territory, it added.

Pacific Power president and chief executive Stefan Bird said: “These investments will significantly increase the amount of clean renewable energy serving customers and reduce costs at the same time.”

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