U.S. Approves 3,000 Megawatts of Wind-Power Projects in Wyoming

The U.S. has approved the development of two wind-power projects in Wyoming that 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 today. 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.

“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.

The effort is part of President Barack Obama’s strategy to promote wider use of renewable energy on federal land. The U.S. Interior Department has approved 33 utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal projects since 2009 that will total more than 10,000 megawatts of capacity.

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