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June 22, 2023

Wyoming-to-California power line starts construction as wind power concerns grow

  • Starting in late 2027, TransWest Express will move electricity 732 miles from south-central Wyoming to just outside Las Vegas.
    Associated Press

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    Heavy equipment sits at the site of a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the TransWest Express transmission line project south of Rawlins, Wyoming. The line will move electricity from a planned 600-turbine wind farm to California. It will partly parallel the PacifiCorp Gateway West transmission system visible in the distance.

    RAWLINS, Wyo. — Portrait photographer Anne Brande shoots graduation and wedding engagement photos at scenic spots throughout southeastern Wyoming's granite mountains and sprawling sagebrush valleys. But she worries what those views will look like in a few years, when hundreds more wind turbines dot the landscape. Wind energy is booming here.

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