Two massive wind-power projects in Wyoming have received approval from the federal government, as part of its plan to roll-out more renewable energy on federal land. When complete, the developments may generate as much as 3,000 megawatts, enough electricity for almost 1 million homes.
The Bureau of Land Management authorized site-specific environmental analysis to begin at the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre projects in southeastern Wyoming, according to a statement released on Monday.
“Wyoming has some of the best wind energy resources in the world, and there’s no doubt that this project has the potential to be a landmark example for the nation,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in the statement.
As we’ve reported in Wyoming Energy News, The Power Company of Wyoming, LLC, will develop and operate as many as 1,000 turbines on about 220,000 acres, according to the statement.
Since 2009, the Interior Department has approved 33 utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal projects with a total capacity of 10,000 megawatts.