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Rocky Mountain Power, a division of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp, has announced a $4 billion investment plan to build more than 1,200 miles of new 500 kV transmission lines that will originate in Wyoming and connect to other western states. The project's two main lines are set for completion in 2014.

This transmission line project, which will carry Wyoming power to markets in Utah, Idaho, Oregon and the desert southwest, is a major breakthrough for the state's energy industry, according to Wyoming governor Dave Freudenthal.

"This new power line capacity will not only provide relief for the transmission bottlenecks that currently exist, but will also encourage green energy projects like wind power and clean coal technologies to move aggressively forward," he adds.

The new transmission lines will move power to high-growth areas, particularly in Utah and Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Power says. The lines will also support the needs of Rocky Mountain Power's customers in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming who seek increased use of renewable energy. The company expects much of that renewable energy, particularly wind, to come from Wyoming and adjacent states.

For more information about the project, visit www.rockymtnpower.net

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