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LS Power has purchased the rights to the Wyoming-Colorado Intertie (WCI) project. The project consists of a proposed 850 MW transmission line extending approximately 180 miles between Laramie River Station Substation in Wheatland, Wyo., and Pawnee Substation in Brush, Colo.

The WCI project will provide a transmission path to deliver high-capacity-factor wind energy from Wyoming to load centers in Colorado. The project is a public/private development partnership involving the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority and the Western Area Power Administration.

"Expansion into the transmission sector of the electric power industry is a major focus within LS Power due to the need to expand the transmission system in the U.S. to deliver renewable resources located in remote areas to load and to improve system reliability and efficiency," says Paul Thessen, president of LS Power Development.

In August 2008, the WCI announced the completion of its open season, which resulted in subscriptions for 585 MW of the capacity of the project.

The remaining unsold capacity, 265 MW, is now being made available on an application basis in conformity with the WCI Open Access Transmission Tariff that is posted on the www.wcintertie.com. In March, the WCI filed its open season results and tariff for approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

SOURCE: LS Power Development LLC

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