Developer of controversial Glenrock wind farm says project will be operational this year

The developer of a controversial wind farm outside Glenrock says construction has begun on a 46-turbine facility. Pioneer Wind Park is expected to be operational by the end of the year, according to a company spokeswoman.

The 80-megawatt facility would be the first new wind farm to come online in Wyoming since 2010, and could provide an injection of jobs just as the state is reeling from layoffs in the oil and coal sectors. Filings with state regulators estimate the project could generate up to 179 jobs during peak construction.

But the project still faces a series of hurdles before reaching completion, including questions over potential eagle deaths and a lawsuit from opponents seeking to block the new turbines.

A spokeswoman for sPower, the Utah-based developer, said work began on two substations serving the Pioneer in February. Mormon Canyon Road, which will be used to access the project, will be realigned to facilitate the delivery of turbines, said sPower spokeswoman Naomi Keller. Read more