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August 11, 2014

Wyo. approves what would be largest wind farm project in North America

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-11 05:02:32

A massive proposed wind power project on federal and private lands in southeast Wyoming has reached a critical regulatory milestone, with the state this week approving the final permit necessary to build up to 1,000 turbines in what would become one of the world’s largest onshore wind farms. The seven-member Wyoming Industrial Siting Council, which must approve all wind projects in the state larger than 30 turbines, voted unanimously after two days of public hearings to authorize the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project. If built, it would have the capacity to produce up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity, making it the biggest power-producing wind farm in North America. [ read more … ]

Wyoming board gives key OK for Carbon County wind farm

By BENJAMIN STORROW, Casper Star-Tribune staff writer,  •    •  Posted 2014-08-11 05:02:54

The largest proposed onshore wind farm in the United States cleared a key regulatory hurdle after state regulators voted unanimously to approve the nearly $5 billion project. The Industrial Siting Council voted 7-0 to approve Power Company of Wyoming’s proposal to build up to 1,000 turbines in Carbon County. The council is responsible for permitting large-scale industrial projects in Wyoming. Chokecherry and Sierra Madre, as the project is known, could produce up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity, or 10 million megawatts hours annually. [ read more … ]

California Will Run on 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2050, Stanford Professor Says

Written by BRIAN MERCHANT, Motherboard  •    •  Posted 2014-08-11 05:03:27

Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, is the lead author of a new paper published in the journal Energy that outlines how the Golden State can meet all of its energy demands with wind turbines, solar panels, tidal generators, hydroelectric dams, and geothermal power stations by midcentury. And zero fossil fuels or nuclear power. Previously, Jacobson has outlined how to do the same, in broader strokes, for the entire world. [ read more … ]

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