Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy

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Atkins provided program management, design, planning, and geographic information system (GIS) support services to the Power Company of Wyoming (PCW) for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy project. The project is located south of Rawlins in Carbon County, Wyoming and consists of two sites—Chokecherry with 675 proposed turbines and Sierra Madre with 325—situated on approximately 98,500 acres. Ownership of the sites is divided among the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the private sector, with a small portion of the land owned by the State of Wyoming.

Atkins provided conceptual civil and electrical (transmission, substation, and collector lines) design and transportation data to support the preparation of a third-party environmental impact statement (EIS). In addition, Atkins provided Plan of Development support.

Atkins also supported PCW staff in using GIS to facilitate an integrated, multidisciplinary approach by creating an environment in which the entire team can easily access, analyze, and exchange a wide range of critical project data. This approach has created added project value by maximizing project defensibility through version control, change tracking, quality control (statistically and spatially), verification, and consistency.