PCW Files Permit Application For 3 GW Wyoming Wind Farm

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Power Company of Wyoming LLC (PCW) has submitted an application to the Wyoming Industrial Siting Division to construct and operate the developer's up-to-3 GW wind farm. The developer has proposed to install 1,000 turbines for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy (CCSM) Project, located in Carbon County, Wyo.

Under Wyoming law, PCW must obtain a permit from the Industrial Siting Division because the CCSM Project is a commercial project that would generate electricity from wind and consist of more than 30 turbines. A permit hearing will be held within 90 days of submission of the application. Following the hearing, the seven-member Industrial Siting Council has 45 days to issue a decision on the application.

‘The state's industrial permitting process is designed to ensure that wind projects such as ours are planned and constructed in a responsible way," says Roxane Perruso, PCW vice president and general counsel. "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. We're glad to reach the milestone of filing our application and continuing to move our wind project forward."

PCW says the CCSM Project is sited on the Overland Trail Ranch, which generally consists of a "checkerboard" mix of interspersed private land and federal land. In October, the U.S. Department of the Interior approved the site for wind energy development, and the agency is now reviewing site-specific plans for the project. In 2012, the CCSM Project also received a conditional use permit from Carbon County.

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