CASPER, Wyo. — One phase of a Cedar Springs Energy Project set to add wind turbines in Converse County has received a permit allowing construction to begin.
This phase of the project is expected to include up to 160 wind turbines at a location 10 miles north of Douglas.
The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council announced that the permit had been issued on Tuesday, July 9.
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This phase of the project has an estimated cost of about $490 million. It is being organized by a company named NextEra Energy.
Natrona and Converse County governments stand to receive some funding to offset impacts of the project to their communities. Those funding amounts will be determined by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Industrial Siting Council.
About $10.9 million to all counties and towns impacted is expected to be provided.
Construction of this phase of the project would involve an anticipated peak workforce of 265 workers in Iuly 2020. The project is expected to begin later this year, according to the announcement.
“The primary project components include up to 160 turbines, transformers, electrical collector lines, turbine access roads, meteorological towers, up to two operations and maintenance buildings, two substations, a 25-mile 230-kilovolt generation-tie transmission line from the project substation to the Windstar Substation near Glenrock, among other components necessary for completion and commercial operation,” the Industrial Siting Council said.
The project location includes over 70,000 acres of private and state land in Converse.
A public hearing was held on May 16 on the permit application following which the Industrial Siting Council said they reviewed the request and decided to issue the permit.
Another phase of the project would add 48 wind turbines. The public hearing for that phase is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Douglas.
To learn more about the project, this article contains information about what the project’s director said to the Casper City Council during a February work session.