Wilson Creek Wind Project
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Schell Field Office has rejected an application from Wilson Creek Wind Company, LLC, to develop a wind generation project on public lands about 20 miles northeast of Pioche, in Lincoln County, Nev. The BLM decision has been appealed and the case is with the Interior Board of Land Appeals.
Wilson Creek Power Partners, LLC, is proposing to construct, operate and maintain a wind energy generation project on approximately 31,000 acres of the public lands in the Wilson Creek Range that includes Mt. Wilson, Table Mountain, White Rock Mountain and Atlanta Summit. The proposed project could consist of up to 350 wind turbines and generate up to 990 megawatts of electricity. Other project components would include buried power collection lines and communication cables, access roads, meteorological towers, substation(s) and switchyard(s), operation and maintenance building, a single or double-circuited 120 to 230 kilovolt overhead transmission line, and portable cement batch plants and rock crushing facilities.
The project is proposed to be developed in multiple phases. The BLM in summer 2011 conducted public scoping for an environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing Phase I, which is the development of the Wilson Creek Range and Table Mountain areas. Phase I would consist of up to 195 turbines and up to 500 MW of generation capacity. The 60-day public scoping period concluded on July 29, 2011. The BLM conducted public scoping meetings in Ely, Las Vegas and Pioche, Nev.; and Cedar City, Utah.
Atlanta Summit would comprise Phase II and White Rock Mountain would comprise Phase III. Phases II and III together would consist of up to 155 wind turbines generating up to 490 MW of electricity and would be analyzed and developed based on the verification of wind resources and energy market demand. Additional site specific environmental analyses would be conducted in the future for Phase II and III.
For more information, please contact:
Dan Netcher, BLM Ely District renewable energy project manager
BLM Ely District Office
HC 33 Box 33500 (702 North Industrial Way)
Ely, NV 89301