Wind power in Utah

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Waterpump in southeastern Utah, 1972

Wind power in Utah is in the early stages of development. As of 2016 Utah had 391 MW of wind generation capacity, responsible for 2.6% of in-state electricity generation.[1] Wind thus plays a small role in the state's renewable portfolio standard goals.[2][3]

A 2009 Utah Renewable Energy Zone Taskforce estimated that the state could produce over 9,000 megawatts of wind power. As about 80% of Utah’s population is concentrated along the foot of the Wasatch Front mountain range, reliable and predictable canyon winds offer opportunities for wind power generation and efficient wind energy distribution without long-distance transmission.[4][5][6]

Utah Power, now PacifiCorp, launched the Blue Sky Program in 2000 to give customers an opportunity to purchase imported wind power, giving customers the option of purchasing 100-kilowatt hour (kWh) "blocks" of renewable energy for a monthly fee through their electricity bills.[7][8] In the spring 2003, radio station KZMU began operating solely on wind power.[9] Kinkos also participates.[10] PacifiCorp, the major provider in Utah, imports much of it renewable energy in the state and does not intend to build facilities within it until at least 2024.[11][12]

The first utility scale wind farm was built at Spanish Fork in 2008.[13][14]

Wind farms[edit]

The 306 MW Milford Wind Corridor Project is the largest facility as of year 2019.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Utah Wind Energy" (PDF). U.S. Wind Energy State Facts. American Wind Energy Association. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Renewable Energy in Utah" (PDF). Acore. October 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  3. ^ "State Renewable Portfolio Standards and Goals". National Association of State Legislatures. February 19, 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ Wind Power in Utah May 2013
  5. ^ "Utah/Wind Resources/Full Version". openei.org. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  6. ^ "WINDExchange: Utah Wind Resource Map and Potential Wind Capacity". energy.gov. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  7. ^ https://www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky
  8. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kinkos-signs-up-for-utah-powers-blue-sky-wind-energy-77855692.html
  9. ^ "KZMU - 100% Wind Powered". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  10. ^ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kinkos-signs-up-for-utah-powers-blue-sky-wind-energy-77855692.html
  11. ^ http://www.pacificorp.com/content/dam/pacificorp/doc/Efficiency_Environment/PC_WindEnergyHandout.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.sltrib.com/56160773
  13. ^ http://www.resilience.org/stories/2011-05-13/harvesting-utah’s-urban-winds
  14. ^ "Spanish Fork will celebrate wind power - KSL.com". ksl.com. Retrieved 15 June 2015.

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