Secretary Jewell announces DOI approval of 500 MW wind energy project in Arizona

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the approval of a wind energy project in Arizona that will provide up to 500 MW to the electricity grid — enough energy to power up to 175,000 houses — and create about 750 jobs through construction and operations.

As part of President Barack Obama’s climate action plan, he challenged the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to approve an additional 10,000 above the original goal of 10,000 MW of renewable energy production on public lands by 2020.

The project, proposed by BP Wind Energy North America, Inc., would erect up to 243 wind turbines on Federal lands for the Mohave County Wind Farm, which would be located in northwestern Arizona about 40 miles northwest of Kingman. 

“These are exactly the kind of responsible steps that we need to take to expand homegrown, clean energy on our public lands and cut carbon pollution that affects public health,” said Secretary Jewell. “This wind energy project shows that reducing our carbon pollution can also generate jobs and cut our reliance on foreign oil.”

With this announcement, the DOI has approved 46 wind, solar and geothermal utility-scale projects on public lands since 2009, including associated transmission corridors and infrastructure to connect to established power grids. When built, these projects could provide enough electricity to power more than 4.4 million homes and support over 17,000 construction and operations jobs.

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