(photo above shows Wyoming media and economic developers touring the Glenrock/Rolling Hills Wind Park on Sept. 8, 2017)
Welcome to Rocky Mountain Power’s Energy Vision 2020!
On April 4, 2017, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) announced a 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that includes a significant investment in Wyoming. The Energy Vision 2020 (EV2020) project proposes a $3.5 billion investment, the majority of which will be in Wyoming, through the following means:
- Repowering RMP’s existing wind fleet by 2020 with longer blades and newer technology (Total cost: $1 billion)
- At least 1,100 megawatts of new wind power by 2020, primarily in Wyoming (Total cost: $1.8 billion through 2020)
- Construction of a new 140-mile, 500-kilovolt Gateway West transmission segment by 2020 (Total cost: $700 million)
When talking with local leaders, organizations and Wyoming citizens during my travels across the state and into your communities, I am typically asked three questions about EV2020:
- Will this project benefit customers?
- How will the project’s impacts to the landscape and communities be addressed?
- Will Wyoming contractors have an opportunity to bid on construction aspects of EV2020?
My answers to each of these questions are addressed below.
While EV2020 sets forth an aggressive timeline, let me assure you: The project must first receive regulatory approval from the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC). On June 30th, 2017, RMP filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) with the Wyoming PSC, marking the initial procedural step in the approval process. RMP believes that by taking advantage of federal production tax credits (PTCs), EV2020 will provide net savings for Wyoming customers and benefit local economies. Through the CPCN filing at the PSC, we will also address the question of EV2020’s benefit to customers.
I’ll next address the project’s impacts to landscape and communities. Wyoming certainly prides itself on wide-open spaces, and I am mindful, as is the company, those vast spaces are not simply vacant land. The landscape is home to our citizens, holds our history and is precious to all of us in Wyoming. The Industrial Siting process, conducted through the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, seeks to balance our project’s impact to the landscape and local communities.
Across the state, Energy Vision 2020 will have a positive impact. On the economic side, EV2020 is expected to:
- Create between 1,200 and 1,600 construction jobs in Wyoming
- Add approximately $115 million in tax revenue through construction
- Add approximately $11 million annually in tax revenue starting in 2021, growing to approximately $14 million annually in 2024
Finally, the opportunity for Wyoming contractors to bid on construction aspects of EV2020 is has been discussed with the Wyoming Contractors Association (WCA). On September 28th, 2017, the company issued a request for proposal (RFP) for new wind development. The Wyoming Contractors Association has been notified of the RFP date and we remain in contact with WCA about available opportunities. You can also visit the main page of this website (www.energyvision2020.com) for more information.
Additionally, if you have an organization you would like RMP to visit regarding EV2020, or if you would like to meet with us as an individual, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy Vision 2020, Jobs & Communities
Rocky Mountain Power Vice President Rita Meyer and Carbon Co. Commissioner John Johnson talk EV2020 at an open house in Medicine Bow, September 6, 2017
While visiting your communities, we’ve heard from so many of you, “How many jobs will Energy Vision 2020 bring to Wyoming?” and “How do I apply for one of the jobs?”
The EV2020 project is expected to create between 1,200 and 1,600 construction jobs in Wyoming. Once the projects are complete, we anticipate around 215 full-time positions will be added at various Rocky Mountain Power facilities. We encourage job seekers to visit our website, www.energyvision2020.com, for links to current open positions. As more EV2020 contracts are awarded, the links will be updated to include new opportunities.
We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of EV2020 in future newsletters. In the meantime, please reach out to us using the contact information below if you have any questions or concerns.
Rocky Mountain Power, Wyoming
315 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
Rita Meyer / Rocky Mountain Power, Vice President for Wyoming
Stacy Splittstoesser / Rocky Mountain Power, Regulatory Manager for Wyoming
Sharon Fain / Rocky Mountain Power, Energy Vision 2020
Jody Levin / Rocky Mountain Power, Governmental Affairs