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Company plans Wyo. wind farm

A company plans to build a $420 million wind farm with 133 turbines in southwest Campbell County. San Ramon, Calif.-based Third Planet Windpower is eyeing 14,000 acres for the project on both sides of Wyoming Highway 50 near the Johnson County line. The company has begun talking to local landowners about leasing land.

GILLETTE - A company plans to build a $420 million wind farm with 133 turbines in southwest Campbell County.

San Ramon, Calif.-based Third Planet Windpower is eyeing 14,000 acres for the project on both sides of Wyoming Highway 50 near the Johnson County line.

The company has begun talking to local landowners about leasing land for the wind farm, said Charlie Karustis, regional development director for Third Planet Windpower.

"We have great relationships with the landowners and we update them as we move along," Karustis said. Third Planet Windpower is working with the landowners individually. Elsewhere in Wyoming, landowners have formed associations to negotiate as groups with wind power developers.

Access to the grid isn't expected to be a major issue with the Third Planet Windpower project because the wind farm would be built near an existing Black Hills Power substation. Sage grouse aren't expected to be a major problem, either, because the wind farm site isn't in the species' core habitat.

The wind farm would produce 200 megawatts, or enough electricity for 120,000 homes.

The state Office of Land and Investments recently approved leasing 1,280 acres of state land... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

GILLETTE - A company plans to build a $420 million wind farm with 133 turbines in southwest Campbell County.

San Ramon, Calif.-based Third Planet Windpower is eyeing 14,000 acres for the project on both sides of Wyoming Highway 50 near the Johnson County line.

The company has begun talking to local landowners about leasing land for the wind farm, said Charlie Karustis, regional development director for Third Planet Windpower.

"We have great relationships with the landowners and we update them as we move along," Karustis said. Third Planet Windpower is working with the landowners individually. Elsewhere in Wyoming, landowners have formed associations to negotiate as groups with wind power developers.

Access to the grid isn't expected to be a major issue with the Third Planet Windpower project because the wind farm would be built near an existing Black Hills Power substation. Sage grouse aren't expected to be a major problem, either, because the wind farm site isn't in the species' core habitat.

The wind farm would produce 200 megawatts, or enough electricity for 120,000 homes.

The state Office of Land and Investments recently approved leasing 1,280 acres of state land for the project. The rest of the project would be located on private land.

Third Planet also is developing a wind project in southwest Wyoming.


Source: http://www.billingsgazette....

JUN 22 2009
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