Carbon County is known for its natural resources and energy industries. Coal, natural gas, oil, uranium and wind are some of the key energy industries here. Currently Carbon County is the hub for wind energy development in the state! Come look at some of the projects happening in Carbon County!
Carbon County Industrial and Natural Resource Development Projects
The following projects are examples of some of the activity currently underway in Carbon County.
- Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project
- TransWest Express Transmission Project
- Energy Gateway South
- Energy Gateway West
- Viridis Eolia Corp Wind Energy Project
- Rocky Mountain Power Energy Vision 2020
The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project will be the country’s largest wind farm located south of Rawlins on the Overland Trail Cattle Company Ranch. The 3,000 MW project will consist of 1,000 towers. The Project is being built in two phases with 500 towers each and should be in full service with all 1,000 towers by 2023. Road construction has already started October, 2016. Click on link above for more information.
Viridis Eoilia Corp, 1,870 MW Wind Energy Project will soon be located in south-central Wyoming, north of the town of Medicine Bow, WY in Carbon County. The Little Medicine Bow Wind Energy Development will be developed in (9) phases with Phase 1A scheduled to commence operations in 2019. When fully developed the Project will have a total name plate capacity of 1,830 MW with 500+ towers. Total acreage for the Project is 98,320 acres. The development will be in service between 2019 and 2023. Total jobs created is approximately 67 permanent, full-time operations and maintenance jobs. It will also create approximately 168 permanent indirect jobs. The number of construction jobs will vary as the Project enters each of the phases of the construction process. Once construction commences, an average number of direct jobs over the seven-year period will be in the range of 330 to 680 workers.
Carbon County Wind and Transmission map below. For a larger map go to Maps section on website:
OPPORTUNITY ZONE MAP FOR RAWLINS/CARBON COUNTY:
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created the Opportunity Zone program to spur investment in economically distressed census tracts. Opportunity Zones reduce capital gains taxes for individuals and businesses who invest in qualified Opportunity Zones. Our opportunity zone is the east part of Rawlins and out into the county by the red line border on the map above.
The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved the TransWest Express Transmission Project concluding the state permitting process on April 19, 2019. This continues the strong momentum for the 730-mile TWE project, a high-voltage direct current and high-voltage alternating current system designed to provide Western energy markets with access to diverse wind resources. Project construction is estimated to begin in 2020 and will help carry the wind power supplied by the 3,000 MW Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project south of Rawlins.
Other projects in the BLM Cooperators Newsletter:
Atlantic Rim – Warren Resources, Inc. and Escalera Resources Co. The Atlantic Rim Project Area consists of about 270,080 acres located on a mixture of BLM, state and private surface and mineral ownerships in the county. To date, 442 coalbed methane wells have been drilled, although a total of 1,050 were projected to be drilled by this time. At this time, about one-third (2,727 acres) of the 7,600 acre cap gas been disturbed.
Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Project – BP America, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and others. This project submitted a plan of development to drill up to 8,950 wells in the project area located in Carbon and Sweetwater counties. The project area encompasses approximately 1.2 million acres and located primarily to the north and south of Wamsutter, WY. The Record of Decision from the BLM was signed on September 22,2016 and released to the public on September 26, 2016. The ROD is in full force and effect.
Past Industry Meeting Notes:
Industry Roundtable 2013
To see the meeting notes from our Carbon County Industry roundtable held on May 20, 2013 please click on the following link:
Carbon County Industry Roundtable May 20, 2013
To see the cumulative impacts of upcoming projects discussed at the Industry Roundtable on May 20, 2013 please click on the following link:
IRT 2013 May 20 Cumulative Impacts use
Industry Roundtable 2014
To see the meeting notes from the Carbon County Industry Roundtable held on June 16, 2014, please click on the following link:
Carbon County Industry Roundtable June 16, 2014