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(Wyo.)-Final Decisions Expected In 2014 On Wind Farm

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 08/08/2012 08:54 AM

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Federal agencies aim to have their permit and review decisions for a wind farm development in southern Wyoming complete by October 2014.
 
     President Barack Obama included the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm complex among seven renewable energy projects in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming that he said Tuesday are getting fast-tracked. The Bureau of Land Management last year included it among three Wyoming wind farm proposals that it planned to give an expedited review.
 
     The project, proposed by Power Company of Wyoming LLC on about 230,000 acres south of Rawlins, could produce up to 3,000 megawatts, or enough to power about 1 million homes.
 
     The White House says a land-use plan decision is targeted for October, and right-of-way applications for the project will be reviewed through 2014.
  
     In Las Vegas' Bellagio resort, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the summit Tuesday by touting the start of a 12-square-mile wind energy farm in rural White Pine County.
 
     San Francisco-based Pattern Energy's Spring Valley project is the first wind major wind farm in Nevada and is designed to produce to up to 150 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 45,000 homes.
 
     A Romney aide said Tuesday that Congress should let a tax break for wind energy producers expire at the end of the year.


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