Notice of Permit Approval Before the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council Docket Number DEQ/ISC 18-11 Two Rivers and Lucky Star Wind Energy Project

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Notice of Permit Approval Before the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council Docket Number DEQ/ISC 18-11 Two Rivers and Lucky Star Wind Energy Project

Notice of Permit Approval.  Pursuant to provisions of the Wyoming Industrial Development Information and Siting Act (W.S. 35-12-101 et seq.), notice is hereby given that the Two Rivers and Lucky Star Wind Energy Project (the Project) of Two Rivers, LLC and Lucky Star, LLC (Applicant) has received a Permit to construct from the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council.  Records of the application and decision can be viewed during business hours in the offices of the Industrial Siting Division, Department of Environmental Quality, or on the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s website at: http://deq.wyoming.gov/isd/application-permits/resources/two-rivers-and-lucky-star-wind-project/.

 

The Permit allows the Applicant to construct a commercial Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) project located near the Towns of Medicine Bow and Rock River in Carbon and Albany Counties, Wyoming.   The Project will be developed in two Phases: the Two Rivers Wind Phase and the Lucky Star Wind Phase.  The Two Rivers Wind Phase comprises the development of four wind generation facilities (Two Rivers I, II, III, IV) located on two private ranches.  Two Rivers I, II, and III are located in Carbon County and situated on approximately 15,881 acres of the Two Rivers Ranch.  Two Rivers IV is located in Albany County and will be situated on approximately 4,500 acres of the Medicine Bow River Ranch. Preliminary plans for the proposed facility include up to 77 wind turbine generators (WTGs) using a 2.5 to 4.5 MW generator to achieve a total nameplate capacity of up to 280 megawatts (MW).   The Lucky Star Wind Phase comprises development of a single wind-powered electric generation facility with a capacity of up to 500 MW on three private ranches; approximately 51,152-acres of the Lookout Ranch in Albany County, approximately 22,020-acres of the Medicine Bow River Ranch in both Carbon and Albany counties, and approximately 6,645-acres of the True Ranches property in both Carbon and Albany counties. Preliminary plans for the proposed facility include up to 200 wind turbines using a 2.5 to 4.5 MW generator to achieve a nameplate capacity of approximately 500 MW.  Two Rivers Wind Phase construction would be initiated in 2021.  It is anticipated that construction will begin in April 2021 on Two Rivers I, II and III wind development areas, followed by the construction of the Two Rivers IV wind development area. Commercial operations for all Two Rivers wind development areas is expected in early 2022.  Construction of the Lucky Star Wind Phase is anticipated to begin in April 2022 and continue through October 2023.  Operations are scheduled to commence in Q4 2023.  The Two Rivers Wind Phase workforce is anticipated to peak at 262 workers during Q3 of 2021.  The Lucky Star Wind Phase workforce is anticipated to peak at 400 workers in July of 2022.

 

Pursuant to W.S. 16-3-107, notice was given and the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council conducted a public hearing on the Application for Permit.  The hearing began at 8:30 A.M. on October 9, 2019 at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center in the Ballroom located at 222 S. 22nd Street, in Laramie, Wyoming.  The hearing concluded and deliberations of the Industrial Siting Council took place on the afternoon of October 10, 2019 at the same location. 

 

The Council considered the Applicant’s request pursuant to the provisions of the Industrial Development and Siting Act (W.S. 35-12-101 et seq.), and the Rules and Regulations adopted thereunder, and rendered a decision to grant the permit.

 

Dated this 25th Day of November, 2019

Industrial Siting Division, Department of Environmental Quality

200 West 17th Street, 4th Floor

Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82002

Telephone: (307) 777-7369

Email: kimber.wichmann@wyo.gov

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