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Rawlins Field Office
Release Date: 06/24/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Rawlins Field Office Wind Turbine Fully Commissioned

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) has fully commissioned its second wind turbine which was installed in December 2010 adjacent to the existing turbine west of the National Guard Armory in Rawlins, Wyo.

The new wind turbine is 120 feet high with blades 70 feet in diameter, the same height as the existing turbine but twice as wide. It is rated at 100 kilowatts (kW) with an estimated output of 300,000 kW hours per year. The RFO uses approximately 500,000 kW hours per year; with current rates at 6.62 cents per kW hour, the new turbine will result in an annual savings of nearly $20,000 per year.

Rawlins Field Manager Dennis Carpenter states, “By investing in renewable energy for the long-term, the field office will achieve energy independence and save taxpayer dollars.”

The RFO building attained “gold” status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program for its energy efficiency and use of renewable energy; however, the first turbine has faced numerous reliability issues and has been inoperable for approximately one-third of the time since its installation in July 2006. The second turbine is better designed for the winds experienced in Rawlins and will provide a more reliable source of energy for the RFO.

A planned informational kiosk at the RFO will eventually provide real-time turbine energy production data.

For more information, please contact Pam Murdoch at 307-328-4215 or

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.

Rawlins Field Office   1300 North Third Street      Rawlins WY 82301  

Last updated: 06-24-2011