An $8 billion initiative is scheduled to be launched through the efforts of four energy companies looking to answer California's call for new ways to power the state with clean energy.
Through the assistance of a novel energy-storage and generation system, first created in Utah, the quartet of businesses plan to funnel electricity all the way from Wyoming to Southern California. The Golden State recently sequestered energy companies to find a way to store significant volumes of energy in order to level out supply flows when there are fluctuations in the output produced by solar panels and wind turbines.
Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand Group Inc. and Duke-American Transmission are the four organizations who plan on submitting a formal proposal early next year to the Southern California Public Power Authority. Details of the initiative include Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy constructing and operating a $4 billion wind farm near Chugwater, Wyoming, expected to create up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity.
Pathfinder, along with Magnum Energy and Dresser-Rand, also plan on collaborating to construct a $1.5 billion compressed air storage system site by Delta, Utah, roughly 130 miles outside of Salt Lake City. The site will house units of power with compressed air at a maximum capacity of 1,200 megawatts, remaining filled with air when the demand for electricity is low.
Duke-American Transmission plans to contribute to the project with a $2.6 billion transmission line that will connect the wind farm in Wyoming to the storage facility in Utah, and also link with an existing transmission line that runs into California.
The completed 490-mile transmission line, along with the other features of the plan, will not be up and running until 2023 but is expected to provide a steady flow of electricity at what the companies describe as an "attractive" price.
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