Jeff Smith 11:52 a.m., May 21
Anschutz still wants foot in door
He may not lure Chargers to L.A., and is having trouble with his wind farm, too
San Diego sports fans have long fretted over Denver multi-billionaire Phil Anschutz. The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) has been planning a downtown stadium for Los Angeles; there has been concern that Anschutz would buy a big piece of the Chargers and move them to L.A.,, or simply woo them there. Now, Anschutz Entertainment Group is for sale, although there is still justifiable concern that the Chargers will eventually get to L.A., whether or not AEG is the power behind the project.
Anschutz, supposedly worth $7.6 billion (Forbes estimate), owns the Power Company of Wyoming. It proposes to build the nation's largest wind farm and ship the power to California over a 725-mile transmission line. But Gov. Jerry Brown prefers in-state renewable energy projects, says the Denver Post. California utility executives say they can meet renewable energy needs with projects close to home. "A couple of years ago it looked to us that the future was going to be large wind projects beyond Nevada, but not now," San Diego Gas & Electric executive Matt Burkhart told the Denver Post.