Up to 200 turbines
Up to 500 MW
The Lucky Star Wind Project is proposed on 78,000 acres of privately owned land located south of the towns of Medicine Bow and Rock River, Wyoming.
The Lucky Star Wind Project will include two substations, electrical collector systems and roads, and a 230 kv transmission line to the point of interconnection. In addition, project construction would include road improvements, road construction, and geotechnical investigations and would be followed by construction of foundations, the electric collection systems, and installation of wind turbine generators.
We are committed to engaging stakeholders in the decision-making process for the project. We believe that trust is the foundation for long-term successful relationships, and we know that trust is only earned over time, by working together with honest and transparent communications.
- Industrial Siting Division Section 109 Permit from WYDEQ – completed
- Commercial Wind Energy Conversion System Permit from Albany County – completed
- Commercial Wind Energy Conversion System Permit from Carbon County – in progress
- Earliest Project Construction – 2022
In November 2018, we invited the public to attend open house informational meetings to learn more about the Two Rivers and Lucky Star Wind Projects. Four open houses were hosted, taking place in Rawlins, Rock River, Medicine Bow and Laramie.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Lucky Star Wind Project will benefit the local economy with up to 400 workers during peak construction, 14 full time Operation & Maintenance Technician positions, indirect revenue to the local municipality in the form of local services and supplies, and tax revenue over the life of the project. Wind projects provide stable income to local farmers and landowners from land lease agreements and allow farming up to the base of the turbine gravel pad, leading to increased diversification of local landowner income.
The most comprehensive study on wind facilities and property values to-date was conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities across nine U.S. states over ten years and found no statistical evidence that operating wind facilities have had any measurable impacts on home sale prices.
Below are studies on the relationship between wind facilities and property value:
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States
- Journal of Real Estate Research: Wind Energy Facilities and Residential Properties: The Effect of Proximity and View on Sales Prices
No. TV and internet signals are now primarily digital and will not be impacted by this project.
The global wind industry collectively continues to engage with experts in science, medicine and occupational and environmental health to monitor ongoing credible research in the area of wind turbines and human health (CanWEA, 2018). A major study of over a thousand homes by Health Canada in 2014, found that wind turbine noise exposure was not associated with self-reported medical illnesses and health conditions.
We understand some individuals have concerns about wind facility construction and operation and we take these concerns seriously. The Lucky Star Wind Project has been designed to meet or exceed all local regulations and guidelines in place to protect human health.
Below are studies on the relationship between wind turbines and human health:
- Health Canada: Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study: Summary of Results
- Journal of Occupations and Environmental Medicine: Wind Turbines and Health: A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature
- Independent Expert Panel prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: Wind Turbine Health Impact Study
Pre-construction wildlife surveys are being conducted consistent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. We are coordinating extensively with state and federal environmental agencies to gather all necessary baseline data to permit the project. Meetings with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been initiated to determine the level of baseline survey information needed and coordination will continue.
The following environmental studies have been completed, are currently underway, or are planned to be completed for the project:
- Site Characterization – completed 2018
- Avian Use/Eagle Point Count Surveys– ongoing through summer 2020
- Raptor Nest Surveys – ongoing through summer 2020
- Eagle Activity/Flight Path – ongoing through summer 2020
- Sage Grouse Lek Surveys – ongoing through spring 2020
- Bat Acoustic Monitoring – anticipated completion 2020
- White Tailed Prairie Dog Colony Mapping – completed 2019
- Big Game Fixed Routes – anticipated completion summer 2020
- Wetland/Waters of the U.S. Delineations – completed 2019
- Ecological Site Description Mapping – completed 2018
- Cultural Resource Surveys – completed 2019
- Erosion Potential Assessment – completed 2018
- Sensitive Wildlife Species surveys – completed 2019