"It’s really simple.”
George Lucas, the lead CAES engineer at Dresser Rand, explains.
“Electricity generated by wind in Wyoming is first sent by power lines to Utah. During periods of low demand, surplus electricity generated by wind is stored in a unique salt formation found only in Utah. Electricity generated in Wyoming can power compressors in Utah that pump air into underground salt domes. Later, when the electricity is needed in California, the compressed air drives turbines that regenerate electricity very efficiently. Storage and regeneration in Utah means electricity generated by wind in Wyoming is available any time of the day to people in California.”
Who We Are
We're visionaries, optimists, and promoters of renewable green energy. We have a wind energy vision based on an appreciation for Wyoming’s rural economies, communities, wildlife, scenic view-sheds and cultural resources. Headquartered near Alcova, Wyoming, Pathfinder owns and operates Wyoming’s historic Pathfinder Ranch. It's there where we've learned the power and potential of the wind.
What We Do
We're working to provide renewable green energy to Californians via wind power from Wyoming. With our partners and investors, Pathfinder's goal is to advance the development of new wind generation assets and to expand power transmissions markets in the southwest. We're also in the business of enhancing wildlife and habitat through mitigation and conservation efforts.
Reigning the wind isn't Pathfinder's only priority.
The Sweetwater River Conservancy is Pathfinder's own project, formed to protect and enhance Wyoming wildlife, its diverse habitats and vast open spaces. As stewards of the land and its resources, Pathfinder strives to actively demonstrate that agriculture and wildlife communities can both coexist and thrive within the same landscapes.
“California soon will be challenged in trying to produce all their renewable electricity indigenously in California,” explains Dr. Jonathan Naughton, who is Director of the Wind Energy Research Center at the University of Wyoming. “California has a wonderful solar resource but it comes on in the morning, peaks in the middle of the day, and then goes away in the evening. Wyoming’s wind tends to peak in the day and stays high in the afternoon and evening, which complements California’s winds which tend to peak at night time and tend to be lower during the day.”
Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder, believes that the Pathfinder project brings a number of benefits to California residents and electric utilities. “This project can offer the California rate-payer very viable power at a cost that can help keep their utility bills down,” said Meyer. “And for the grid operator, you’re going to have to find resources that are producing electricity when the California market needs it. Using the strongest sustained wind in the country with the CAES system, we can finally secure the holy grail of renewable energy – a low cost renewable energy system that delivers electricity when we need it.”