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article imageWind power proposed to supply Los Angeles by 2023

By Karen Graham     Sep 23, 2014 in Environment
Wheatland - It's going to take imagination and innovation to tackle bringing clean energy to the world, and doing it in a big way. A group of four companies is doing just that, proposing an $8 billion project to supply Los Angeles with large amounts of electricity.
In a news release on Tuesday, Duke Energy said four companies have jointly proposed a first-in-the-U.S. $8 billion green-energy initiative that would bring large amounts of electricity to Los Angeles by 2023. The project would require the construction of a 2.1 megawatt per hour wind farm in Wyoming and the world's biggest energy storage facilities in Utah, as well as a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting the two sites.
The four companies involved in the joint proposal include Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand and Duke-American Transmission. "This project would be the 21st century's Hoover Dam - a landmark of the clean energy revolution," says Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy.
The four companies plan to submit their proposal to the Southern California Public Power Authority by early 2015. The plans call for the construction of the wind farm between Chugwater and Wheatland, Wyoming. Power would be sent over a 525 mile long transmission line to Delta, Utah.
The project developers say their plan will solve one of the problems with wind-generated power, intermittent winds. They have solved this problem by planning on constructing an energy storage facility at a salt-flat in Utah.
Plans call for storing power in a cavern larger than the Empire State Building, hollowed out of a five-mile-long, two-mile deep salt deposit. According to the developers, compressed air will be used to turn eight turbines, releasing the electrical power. The facility will be located next to an existing power line running to the los Angeles area.
"The technology has existed since the 1970s," Meyer said. "It is the matter of finding the right geologic formation. Not every salt dome is dense enough, big enough or hard enough. And not every salt dome is located 100 yards from the transmission line you need to connect into."
Work on the wind-energy project is nor expected to start for another five years. But the Tuesday announcement was made because of a 2015 deadline for submitting proposals to the Southern California Public Power Authority for renewable energy and electricity storage.
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