The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has reportedly approved a wind energy project in Wyoming involving up to 1,000 turbines. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project site will be capable of generating 3,000 megawatts of power, according to the agency. It will be located on 2,000 acres of a 370,000- acre ranch south of Sinclair and Rawlins and will be operated by an affiliate of the Power Co. of Wyoming. In addition to wind turbines, the project will include access roads, underground electric gathering lines, an overhead transmission line, and substations to connect the generated power to the electric grid. The project would take an estimated 3-4 years to complete.
The agency completed an environmental impact statement and other documents in July 2012. 77 Fed. Reg. 39,503 (7/3/12). The agency’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) now plans to proceed with a site-specific environmental analysis of the project to determine the turbine layout. See BLM Press Release, October 9, 2012.