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Large Wyoming wind farm gets state regulator OK

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 8, 2014 at 10:58 am •  Published: August 8, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A wind farm that could become the largest wind energy project in the U.S. has received approval from state regulators but still awaits completion of federal environmental reviews.

The Industrial Siting Council voted 7-0 on Wednesday to approve Power Company of Wyoming's proposal to build up to 1,000 turbines in Carbon County in south-central Wyoming. The council is responsible for permitting large-scale industrial projects in Wyoming.

The $5 billion Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project would produce enough power for 1 million homes.

The Power Company is a wholly owned affiliate of Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz's The Anschutz Corp.

"We are very pleased that the council voted to grant PCW a permit for its wind project," company vice president and general counsel Roxane Perruso said in a statement. "This is another significant milestone in the development process."

The project still has to get approval from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which is doing environmental assessments of the project.

Power Company of Wyoming has also applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an eagle take permit, which would allow a designated number of raptors to be killed by turbines each year in exchange for implementing conservation measures at its facility. A decision is expected in 2015.

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