Power Company of Wyoming LLC (PCW) has filed an application with the Wyoming Industrial Siting Division to build a wind farm capable of generating up to 3GW in Wyoming.
The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project (CCSM) consists of 1,000 turbines in Carbon County
As per the state law, PCW must obtain a permit from the Industrial Siting Council because the project is a commercial project consisting of more than 30 turbines.
A permit hearing will be held within 90 days. After the hearing, the seven-member ISC has 45 days to issue a decision on the application, PCW said.
PCW vice-president and general counsel Roxane Perruso said, "The state’s industrial permitting process is designed to ensure that wind projects such as ours are planned and constructed in a responsible way.
"Our team has worked diligently to meet the state’s industrial siting requirements, including preparing a housing plan for construction workers, seeking public feedback through multiple open-house meetings, and creating other plans that address every aspect of the project’s life cycle."
Perruso added, "We’re glad to reach the milestone of filing our application and continuing to move our wind project forward."
According to PCW, the CCSM wind project is sited on the Overland Trail Ranch, which generally consists of a mix of interspersed private land and federal land.
In 2012, the US Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management approved the land for wind energy development following the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for CCSM.
The project also secured a conditional use permit from Carbon County in the same year.
Image: PCW submits permit application for 3GW wind project in Wyoming. Photo: courtesy of koko-tewan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.