Laramie River Station
Location: Wheatland, WY
Output: 1710 megawatts
The Laramie River Station, located east of Wheatland, WY, is one of the largest consumer-operated, regional, joint power supply ventures in the United States. Laramie River Station has three coal-based units: Unit 1: 570 net megawatts; began operating in 1980; Unit 2: 570 net megawatts; began operating in 1981; Unit 3: 570 net megawatts; began operating in 1982.
Laramie River is unique because it delivers electricity to two separate electrical grids. Unit 1 is connected to the Eastern Interconnection, while Unit 2 and Unit 3 are connected to the Western Interconnection. These grids, which divide the United States into two sections, were developed independently and must be served separately.
The electricity produced at Laramie River is sent to substations in Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado, where it is then delivered to Missouri Basin Power Project (MBPP) participants.