The Word on Wind Power
Nature & Weather
By Amy Gernon
Published: October 10 2012
A major wind energy project expected to generate 3,000 megawatts was announced for southern Wyoming by the Secretary of the Interior this week.
Construction of roads is scheduled to begin next year, with turbines being constructed over a three-year period. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project will be spread over 350 square miles in southern Wyoming that is a part of the hundreds of millions of acres overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
The wind energy project was announced in August among six other renewable energy projects slated for review. Other energy-generating projects include solar energy plants in Arizona and Nevada, and a photovoltaic project in California. These three projects alone would have the potential to general 1,200 megawatts. Following Salazar’s announcement, environmental impact analyses are set to begin, with the expectation of 300 to 400 turbines being installed over three years.
New York is aiming to achieve the Renewable Portfolio Standard, requiring that 25 percent of energy be produced from renewable sources by next year. Review of the projects examine the noise and aesthetic impact to a region, as well as the impact on wildlife.
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