Wind energy projects approved on public lands

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the siting of two wind energy projects on public lands in Wyoming. BLM has now approved a total of 10,000 MW of renewable power on public lands in the U.S.

The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project site could generate up to 3,000 MW of power. The decision authorizes BLM to proceed with site-specific environmental analysis for both wind farms, the internal haul road, the internal 230 kV transmission line, the rail distribution facility and substations. Power Co. of Wyoming LLC will develop the project in phases using up to 1,000 wind turbines, each rated at 1.5 or 3 MW.

Since 2009, Interior has authorized 33 renewable energy projects, including 18 utility-scale solar facilities, 7 wind farms and 8 geothermal plants, with associated transmission corridors and infrastructure that will enable the projects to connect to established power grids. When built, these projects will provide more than 10,000 megawatts of power.

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