The Bureau of Land Management plans to fast-track three Wyoming-based wind farms as part of a national strategy.
The 1,000-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy project south of Rawlins is one of them. It is the largest of the projects on the development list for 2012, and is being proposed by the Denver-based Anschutz Corp.
The other projects in the state are the 25-turbine Sand Hills Farm Project northwest of Laramie and the White Mountain project northwest of Rock Springs. The latter development could eventually be home to 240 turbines.
The projects were previously listed as priorities by the state BLM office.
The new national list also includes projects in Arizona, Nevada and California.