Wind power will have a prominent role in the expansion of America’s use of renewable energy resources. We are committed to assisting the BLM to prepare a technically sound and comprehensive EIS, since this project will likely serve as a model for future large wind energy developments on federal lands in the western U.S.
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Fort Collins, CO (Vocus) September 4, 2008 -–
ENSR has been selected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to prepare the environmental impact statement (EIS) for a major new wind energy project proposed by the Power Company of Wyoming. ENSR, a leading environmental services firm, is part of AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services.
The Power Company of Wyoming filed right-of-way applications with the BLM Rawlins Field Office to develop two wind farms on 98,000 acres in the Rawlins and Carbon County areas of Wyoming. The projects would be located partially on federal lands administered by BLM, and on interspersed private lands. Livestock grazing (the current land use) would continue after the project is developed.
The proposed 1,000 turbine wind energy project on the two sites would provide 2,000 megawatts of power to the national electric power grid, establishing Wyoming as the third-largest wind energy generation state, behind Texas and California.
ENSR was selected to assist the BLM with preparing the EIS because of its environmental permitting and management experience with large, complex energy projects. Expected issues to be addressed in the EIS include effects on wildlife and cultural resources, and changes in the appearance of rural landscapes from installation of large wind turbines. Over the past 10 years ENSR has completed over 30 environmental impact statements for industrial development projects under the direction of the BLM and other federal agencies. These projects have included oil and gas field developments, natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines, electrical transmission lines, power plants, and precious metal mines.
“We are looking forward to analyzing a wind energy project at such a large geographic scale,” said Scott Ellis, ENSR’s Director of Capital Permitting. “Wind power will have a prominent role in the expansion of America’s use of renewable energy resources. We are committed to assisting the BLM to prepare a technically sound and comprehensive EIS, since this project will likely serve as a model for future large wind energy developments on federal lands in the western U.S.”
The BLM, which provides opportunities for public participation during the EIS process, held several public scoping meetings in Carbon County, Wyoming in August.
ENSR, part of AECOM, is a leading worldwide environmental management firm serving industrial clients and government agencies with 2,600 employees from 90 global offices. ENSR provides comprehensive consulting, engineering, remediation, and environmental health and safety (EHS) management solutions. ENSR is the recipient of numerous industry, client EHS, business achievement and organizational innovation awards. For more information, please visit: http://www.ensr.aecom.com