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U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell has announced the approval of a 500 MW wind energy project to be located on public lands and connected to the grid in Arizona.

The Mohave County Wind Farm, proposed by BP Wind Energy North America Inc., would feature up to 243 wind turbines. The DOI says the approval paves the way for right-of-way grants for use of approximately 35,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and 2,800 acres of Bureau of Reclamation land.

The DOI notes it 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. The BLM has also identified an additional 14 active renewable energy proposals slated for review this year and next.




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