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Duke-American acquires Zephyr project for Wyoming wind power

Duke-American Transmission Company acquired the 3,000-megawatt-capacity Zephyr Power Transmission Project, committing to use at least 2,100 MW of the transmission line's capacity to provide wind power to California and the southwestern United States from the wind-rich areas of eastern Wyoming.

Duke-American Transmission Company, a recently-formed joint venture of Duke Energy and American Transmission Company, acquired the 3,000-megawatt-capacity Zephyr Power Transmission Project, committing to use at least 2,100 MW of the transmission line's capacity to provide wind power to California and the southwestern United States from the wind-rich areas of eastern Wyoming.

Originating in Chugwater, Wyoming and ending in the Eldorado Valley just south of Las Vegas, Nevada, the 500-kilovolt, 950-mile high-voltage direct current transmission line, which will include an alternating current-direct current converter station at each terminus, costs approximately $3.5 billion.

"Zephyr is an ambitious energy infrastructure project that is laser-focused on providing an integrated solution to a recurring problem facing America: How do we get clean, renewable energy to the population centers?" said Duke Energy commercial businesses senior vice president Phil Grigsby.

American Transmission Company vice president for strategic planning and business development John Flynn said: "The success of this transmission project is dependent upon on... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Duke-American Transmission Company, a recently-formed joint venture of Duke Energy and American Transmission Company, acquired the 3,000-megawatt-capacity Zephyr Power Transmission Project, committing to use at least 2,100 MW of the transmission line's capacity to provide wind power to California and the southwestern United States from the wind-rich areas of eastern Wyoming.

Originating in Chugwater, Wyoming and ending in the Eldorado Valley just south of Las Vegas, Nevada, the 500-kilovolt, 950-mile high-voltage direct current transmission line, which will include an alternating current-direct current converter station at each terminus, costs approximately $3.5 billion.

"Zephyr is an ambitious energy infrastructure project that is laser-focused on providing an integrated solution to a recurring problem facing America: How do we get clean, renewable energy to the population centers?" said Duke Energy commercial businesses senior vice president Phil Grigsby.

American Transmission Company vice president for strategic planning and business development John Flynn said: "The success of this transmission project is dependent upon on the success of Pathfinder's generation project, and vice versa. By working together on a parallel development path, we avoid 'the chicken and the egg' dilemma that has often challenged major projects like this."

Pathfinder, from whose subsidiary the transmission line was acquired from, is developing a wind power project on more than 100,000 acres near Chugwater. General Electric will provide the wind generation equipment for the Pathfinder wind farms. The transmission line is expected to be operational by 2020.


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JAN 3 2012
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