Wyoming wind marks anniversary

2014-04-26T14:09:00Z Wyoming wind marks anniversaryThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 26, 2014 2:09 pm  • 

RAWLINS, Wyo. — Wyoming has marked its 15th anniversary of wind generated electricity in the state this past week.

What began with 69 turbines in Carbon County has grown into a statewide industry with almost 1,000 towers in six counties.

The Foote Creek I Wind Project was Wyoming's first commercial facility to generate electricity from wind. The project began commercial operation on April 22, 1999. It was constructed along a treeless plateau midway between Laramie and Rawlins.

It is still cranking out up to 41.4 megawatts per hour of electrical capacity.

The Chokecherry-Sierra Madre project south of Rawlins is currently seeking federal and state permits.

The $5 billion Chokecherry project will be home to 1,000-wind turbines, making it one of the nation's largest wind farms.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Billings Gazette

Popular Stories

Get weekly ads via e-mail

Deals & Offers

Featured Businesses