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US says 3GW Wyoming wind complex can move forward

US interior secretary Ken Salazar has given the green light to move forward with the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project, an up-to-3GW wind complex in Wyoming.

The ruling gives the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) authority to proceed with detailed environmental analysis for the wind plants and their associated infrastructure.

The proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farms would cover two sites containing up to 1,000 turbines south of Rawlins in Carbon County.

Power Company of Wyoming plans to develop the sites – which are 8km apart – in phases, creating what would potentially be among the world’s largest wind complexes.

The project could create 1,000 jobs and generate enough power for one million homes, says the DOI.