Wyoming to be home to massive wind energy projectMarch 14, 2016
Federal agency notes that wind project has reached a major milestone
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has announced that the largest proposed wind energy system in the country has reached a major milestone. The project is set to take form in Wyoming and is expected to create as much as 1,000 jobs at the peak of its construction. Once operational, the wind project is expected to generate as much as 3,000 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power approximately 1 million average homes.
Project to have 1,000 wind turbines producing electrical power
Overall, the project is expected to have 1,000 wind turbines, spanning more than 200,000 acres of land. The Bureau of Land Management is currently investigating the impact that such a massive wind energy system would have on the local environment. The agency wants to ensure that the project has minimal impact on the environment and is working with the Wyoming government as it manages approximately half the land that the project will be built upon.
Bureau of Land Management has approved 57 clean energy projects since 2009
Since 2009, the Bureau of Land Management has approved 57 clean energy projects. This includes 9,763 megawatts of solar projects and 4,767 megawatts of wind projects. In total, the agency has approved some 15,134 megawatts of renewable energy projects. The agency investigated the impact that all of these projects would have on the environment. Projects that did not meet with the agency’s standards were, of course, rejected, as they would have had too much of a detrimental impact on the local environment.
Wind power continues to gain support in the United States
Wind energy has gathered strong support in the United States. The federal government is investing heavily in this form of clean power and wind capacity has grown significantly over the past few years. Wyoming is a very promising home for wind power due to the strong wind currents that can be found in the state. As such, it is set to become home for one of the largest onshore wind energy projects that will be built in the country.