Colorado Plateau Projects

The Colorado Plateau is a diverse landscape that includes iconic places such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, southern Utah’s national parks and monuments, Colorado’s western slope and much more.

Renewable energy development here must be balanced with protections for the region’s wild lands.

Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind

Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind is a large wind project proposed on public, private and state lands in southern Wyoming. The Wilderness Society is working with our conservation partners through the BLM permitting process to advocate for protections for wildlife habitat.

TransWest Express Transmission

TransWest Express Transmission is proposed to run from a large proposed wind project in south-central Wyoming to the Las Vegas area. The Wilderness Society is working through the permitting process to limit impacts and recommend the line carry primarily renewable energy.

Gateway West Transmission

Gateway West Transmission is proposed to run from southeastern Wyoming to western Idaho. The Wilderness Society is working to limit impacts. We are also pressing for answers to concerns that the proposed lines could increase fossil fuel-based power, and advocating that renewable energy have priority on the proposed lines.
 

  • Comments from The Wilderness Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, and others submitted to the Bureau of Land Management regarding proposed rules for leasing land for wind and solar energy projects on federal lands. 

  • The 114th Congress faces a multitude of environmental challenges. The Wilderness Society is working the halls of power to make sure that America's wild places are part of the legislative agenda, and to make sure that lawmakers and staff are hearing both sides of the issues.

  • The Wilderness Society submitted official comments on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation plan that was proposed early in the fall of 2014. The comment period allowed for broad public participation in determining the future of balancing conservation and recreation with renewable energy development.

    The following is an excerpt from our comments submitted on February 22, 2015. The full comment document is available for download.