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This week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appeared at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming to speak about a recently approved 3,000 MW wind project, the Chokecherry Sierra Madre. The College is known for training students for wind jobs, so many of them may be directly affected by the construction and permanent wind jobs the Chokecherry Sierra Madre project creates.
Over the next three years, over 1,000 wind turbines will be installed, making the Chokecherry Sierra Madre one of the largest wind projects in the U.S., and even in the world. It will create about 1,000 construction jobs and 114 permanent operations and maintenance jobs, and will have the potential to power roughly 1 million homes.
The plans for the Chokecherry Sierra Madre were expedited for review in August, along with six other renewable energy proposals in other states, including California, Arizona and Nevada.
In addition to giving a detailed overview of the new project, Salazar praised the great number of wind jobs the industry has created. “One reason to be here is to celebrate jobs that are coming from wind energy throughout the United States. We know there are tens of thousands of jobs now being created by wind energy.”
The wind jobs count is in no small part due to President Obama’s Department of the Interior. Their approval of Chokecherry Sierra Madre brings the sum of public-land renewable power they’ve authorized up to 10,000 MWs. Over 3 million homes stand to benefit from this power.
The next step is to begin environmental analysis of the site to plan the most efficient layout for roads, turbines and power lines. Construction will most likely begin in 2013, but turbines aren’t expected to start going up until 2014.
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