Contested case hearing announced for Cedar Springs Wind Energy project

CASPER, Wyo. — NextEra Energy has submitted an application for a permit to construct 48 wind turbines north of Glenrock.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday that a contested case hearing for the application will be held at 8:30 am on Sept. 19 in Douglas.

The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council will oversee that hearing and “will consider the applicant’s request for a Permit pursuant to the provisions of the Industrial Development Information and Siting Act (W. S. 35-12-101 et. seq.) and the Rules and Regulations adopted thereunder.”

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The requested permit is for the “Cedar Springs III Wind Energy Project,” which is just a part of NextEra’s overall plans.

“The Applicant proposes to construct a wind energy facility to produce approximately 120 megawatts of energy,” the DEQ announcement says. “The primary project components include up to 48 turbines, transformers, electrical collector lines, turbine access roads, meteorological towers, and other necessary components for completion and commercial operation of the project.”

“The project is located on approximately 20,518 acres of private lands in Converse County. Construction is anticipated to commence in Q4 2019 and be completed by the end of 2020.  Construction manpower is anticipated to peak at 154 workers in July 2020.”

The permit application is available for the public to review. Copies may be obtained at the Converse County Clerk’s office, located at 107 North Fifth Street, Suite 114, in Douglas.

It is also available at the DEQ’s website.

“Public comments concerning potential social, economic, or environmental impacts that may result from the proposed project may be submitted to the Industrial Siting Division on or before July 24, 2019,” the announcement adds.

Those wishing to participate in the Sept. 19 contested case hearing need to “notify the Industrial Siting Council in writing by August 9, 2019, and participate in the pre-hearing meeting at 1:30 p.m. on September 6, 2019.”

Both the pre-hearing and the contested case hearing will take place at the Converse County Library, located at 300 Walnut Street in Douglas.