Billionaire Phil Anschutz, head of the Power Co. of Wyoming, is behind the idea to build a 1,000-turbine wind farm in Wyoming and a 725-mile transmission line that would deliver the wind farm's output to customers in California. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project received initial approval from the Bureau of Land Management in October, with studies on turbine placements due by the end of this year and initial work on an access road slated to begin in 2014, said Power Co. of Wyoming CEO Bill Miller. Meanwhile, the 3,000-megawatt-capacity TransWest transmission project was among the seven projects chosen by the government for fast-tracking.

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