Wyoming to Get North America's Biggest Wind Farm (3000 MW)

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Plans for what will become the largest wind farm in North America have been fast-tracked by the Obama administration. The farm, which will consist of over 1,000 wind turbines, is slated to be built in Wyoming, bringing jobs and clean power to one of the nation's most rural states.

CleanTechnica has more:

By far the largest wind project ever built in North America is expected to get final approvals by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the next few months. At 2,000 to 3,000 MW, the ChokeCherry/Sierra Madre Wind Project will dwarf anything built to date on this side of the Atlantic. This is much bigger than the Roscoe Wind Farm in Texas; the largest so far, at 781 MW ...

The farm consists of approximately 1,000 wind turbine generators with a nameplate capacity ranging from 1.5 to 3 MW and substations to interconnect the generated power to the electric grid.

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Boom. That's a lot of wind power. And this is a smart political move, too – there's still a good deal of knee-jerk opposition to clean energy from some factions in the conservative movement, but once a project comes to fruition, that opposition tends to disappear. One reason you didn't hear any of the GOP candidates bashing green energy or reading Solydra talking points in Iowa is that state gets 20% of its power from wind. Once the projects start construction, communities immediately feel the benefit of having good jobs and a source of local pride. Wind power is proliferating in Texas, as we all know, at a rapid clip.

Of course, clean energy is already a nonpartisan issue – it's merely Fox News spinsters and GOP tastemakers that try to move the needle against renewables (largely, no doubt, because fossil fuels companies dump so much cash and influence into their laps). Poll after poll shows that the public wants more clean energy. And in Wyoming, they're about to know what it feels like to get a lot more of it.

Tags: Alternative Energy | Barack Obama | United States | Wind Power