Pathfinder Selects GE as Wind Power Partner in Wyoming

GE (NYSE: GE), and Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, LLC (Pathfinder) today announced the execution of an agreement naming GE as the wind turbine supplier and technology partner for Pathfinder’s Wyoming wind power projects. The announcement was made at the AWEA Windpower ® 2010 Conference in Dallas.

Pathfinder, a Wyoming wind energy developer, is one of three wind farm developers to be allocated transmission capacity on TransCanada’s 3,000 megawatt Zephyr Power Transmission project. Pathfinder’s allocation is 2100 megawatts.

"Pathfinder approaches the development of Wyoming’s wind resources from the perspective of a ranching landowner," said Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder. "We’ve found the GE team to be responsive and creative in supporting Pathfinder’s unique vision for wind energy development in the Western US."

GE is the largest U.S. supplier of wind turbines and the workhorse of the industry, with more than 13,500 units now installed worldwide. The proposed Zephyr project is a 1,000 mile, 500 kilovolt, high voltage direct current line designed to move 3,000 MW of wind-generated electricity from Wyoming to power markets in the southwest U.S.

Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, LLC (Pathfinder), headquartered near Alcova, Wyoming, owns and operates Wyoming’s historic Pathfinder Ranch. Pathfinder is advancing the development of new wind generation assets and expanded power transmission for markets in the southwest. Pathfinder and its partnering ranchers are leaders in enhancing wildlife habitat while preserving America’s ranching heritage and meeting the nation’s desire for green energy.

Its wind energy vision is based on an appreciation for Wyoming’s rural economies, communities, wildlife, scenic viewsheds and cultural resources. Sammons Power Development, Inc., a subsidiary of Dallas-based Sammons Enterprises, Inc. with assets approaching $40 billion, is the lead partner in Pathfinder.

GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world’s toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, health care solutions and television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. 

GE serves the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that helps make efficient use of natural resources. With nearly 85,000 global employees and 2009 revenues of $37 billion, GE Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies.