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Release Date: 09/15/09
Contacts: Erin Curtis, Public Affairs Specialist, 970-244-3097    

Company to Test Wind Energy Potential on BLM’s Horse Mountain

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management has approved a right of way for a company who wants to evaluate the wind energy resource potential on public lands in the Horse Mountain area.

Wazee Energy, LLC wants to determine the feasibility of developing a wind farm on BLM land near Palisade.

The BLM Grand Junction Field Office has approved a right of way that would allow Wazee Energy to erect up to four towers about 50 meters high over the next year. Wazee Energy intends to erect the first tower within the next 90 days, and the additional towers will be erected if data indications for wind generation potential are positive after about a year.

The test towers will collect data for a total of three years. If data from the towers indicate that wind energy development is feasible in the area, Wazee Energy would have the option to submit an application to the BLM Grand Junction Field Office for full development of the site. BLM would conduct an environmental review of any proposed project, which would include an opportunity for public comment.

“We are very interested in the possibilities for renewable energy projects such as this one on BLM lands,” said Catherine Robertson, manager of the BLM Grand Junction Field Office. “Nationally, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the BLM are working with local communities, state regulators, industry, and other federal agencies in building a clean energy future by providing sites for environmentally sound development of renewable energy on public lands.”

Renewable energy projects on BLM-managed lands include wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass projects and the siting of transmission facilities needed to deliver this power to the consumer.

The BLM manages 20.6 million acres of public lands with wind potential. The BLM’s Lands and Realty Management program nationwide has authorized a total of 192 rights-of-ways for the use of public lands for wind energy production sites. Of these, 25 authorizations have a total installed capacity of 327 megawatts.

Currently, there are no wind generation projects on BLM land in the Grand Junction Field Office.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-15-2009