Wyoming looks at permit for up-to-3,000-MW wind project

Power Co. of Wyoming LLC, part of Anschutz Corp., is pursuing an approval from the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council for its 2,000-MW to 3,000-MW Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in Carbon County, Wyo.

The company filed an application on the project on May 12, and on June 27 filed supplemental information with data like its financial ability to develop this project. The supplement noted that Anschutz is also developing the TransWest Express transmission project, which will help get the power from its wind project into Desert Southwest markets. The company also pointed out that this is its only power generation project, so its attention is not diverted by other such projects.

The company said it has spent eight years so far and $45m to get the wind project to this point, including pursuit of various approvals at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The estimated construction cost for the wind project is $4.79bn.

The company proposes to construct a 1,000-turbine wind generation facility to produce up to 3,000 MW. The facility will be constructed on a 320,000-acre ranch south of Rawlins and Sinclair and northwest of Saratoga in Carbon County. About 50% of the project is sited on private land and 50% on federal land. Construction on Phase I of the project (approximately 500 turbines) is anticipated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2014 and continue through the third quarter of 2018. Construction on Phase II of the project (approximately 500 turbines) should commence in second quarter 2019, depending on federal approval processes.

The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council plans a contested case hearing on the application for a permit for the project on Aug. 5 at the Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga, Wyo. The council will consider the applicant’s request for a permit under the Industrial Development Information and Siting Act.

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