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Massive green-energy project taps salt caverns near Delta

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Ami Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News

A massive $8 billion project that would produce more than double the amount of energy generated by Hoover Dam taps some of the most unique and deep salt caverns found in the world — just outside of Delta in Millard County.

The salt domes for compressed air energy storage are the biggest structures of their kind west of the Mississippi and figure as central components of a four-company green-energy project detailed in a Tuesday teleconference by company executives.

Construction of one of the nation’s largest wind farms is planned for 40 miles outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming, to ultimately deliver enough electricity to power 1.2 million homes in Southern California.

The green-energy initiative involves Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand and Duke-American Transmission, which plan to submit their proposal to the Southern California Public Power Authority by early 2015 in response to the agency’s request for proposals to supply the Los Angeles area with renewable energy and electricity storage.

“This project would be the 21st century’s Hoover Dam — a landmark of the clean-energy revolution,” said Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy. (…)

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