Project Merit: Wind Power

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Pathfinder Renewable Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand, and Duke-American Transmission Co. for proposing an $8 billion project that will encompass a massive wind farm in Wyoming, a large energy storage facility in Utah, and a 525-mile transmission line connecting those facilities together. The proposed $4 billion wind farm would be located about 40 miles north of Cheyenne and would be designed to generate 2,100 MW. The $1.5 billion, 1,200 MW energy storage facility, to be located near Delta, Utah, would consist of a compressed air energy storage system utilizing four vertical caverns. The transmission line would extend from the wind farm in Wyoming through Colorado to the energy storage facility, while an existing 490-mile transmission line would transport electricity from the storage facility to the Los Angeles area. "This project would be the 21st Century's Hoover Dam-a landmark of the clean energy revolution," said Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy.

Mainstream Renewable Power and NEK Umwelttechnik for agreeing to purchase the 225 MW Avitepa Wind Farm project in Ghana and complete its development. The facility, which will be the largest utility-scale wind farm in Ghana when it starts up operations in early 2016, is located about 40 kilometers from the capital Accra on Ghana's east coast. Mainstream Power and NEK expect to close on the financing for the $525 million project in 2015. "It is my hope that this agreement between NEK and Mainstream will accelerate the process towards the realization of wind farms in Ghana, and they can be assured of the full support of the Ministry of Energy & Petroleum," said Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, the ministry's director of renewable energy.