A $9 billion bet on Wyoming wind

Posted: Jan 23, 2013

Written by

MARK JAFFE, Denver Post
Wind power

Phil Anschutz — who has made money out of everything from a well explosion to a failing railroad — is looking to wager $9 billion on the fierce winds of Wyoming.

Anschutz's Power Company of Wyoming is seeking to build the nation's largest wind farm and then ship the power to California over a 725-mile transmission line, the longest to be built in decades.

The wind project received initial federal Bureau of Land Management approval in October. About half the turbines will be on public land.

Studies on specific turbine sites should be completed by the end of 2013 and, pending permits, initial work on roads and infrastructure would begin in 2014.


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