Forged Ethic Wind Energy Project

Project Introduction

Forged Ethic Wind Energy Project (Project) is a 323-megawatt (MW) wind project currently under development in Coconino County, Arizona. The Project is located on approximately 29,106 acres of private land and Arizona State Trust Land, in an area that is commonly known as the Babbitt Ranches approximately 25 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Babbitt Ranches is a family business and pioneering land company that raises livestock, manages natural resources, promotes science and participates in the broader community.

Character, nature and community have been bred into Babbitt Ranches since 1886 and RWE is proud to name the Forged Ethic Wind Energy Project after the Babbitt Ranches family motto.

The Project includes the construction and operation of a 323-MW wind energy facility consisting of approximately 102 turbines, meteorological evaluation towers, underground electrical collection lines, project substation, laydown yard, operations and maintenance building, and access roads. 

Site Location

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Site Location

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The Project also includes a proposed approximately 5-mile, 500-kilovolt (kV) generation-tie transmission line and interconnection with the existing Moenkopi to Cedar Mountain 500 kV transmission line operated by Arizona Public Service. The Project will be accessed during construction and operations from U.S. Highway 89 via both existing and proposed new access roads.

The Project is expected to enter commercial operations in 2024 Once constructed, the Project will have an operational lifespan of approximately 35 years.

RWE will design the Project consistent with the Coconino County Renewable Energy Ordinance. To help minimize Project impacts and support permitting requirements, RWE has commissioned multiple surveys and investigations for visual simulations, cultural resources, and natural resources and wildlife studies. Additionally, RWE is conducting ongoing agency consultation and tribal outreach to identify resource constraints and incorporate feedback into the Project.

Status: in development

Facts & Figures

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homes powered¹

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1 Homes powered is calculated using EPA’s Green Power Equivalency Calculator.
2 Assumes 0.58 gallons of water consumed per kWh of conventional electricity from Lee, Han, & Elgowainy, 2016.

Project Benefits

Supporting Communities

Forged Ethic Wind Energy Project will provide millions of dollars in additional tax revenue to Coconino County and local taxing districts. This new source of public funding can reduce the tax burden on local residents and be used to support essential services including schools, roads, fire departments and first responders.

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Supporting Communities
Supporting Farmers

Ranchers who choose to harvest wind power are following a long tradition of using their land responsibly for agricultural and ranching purposes. Forged Ethic Wind Energy Project will be located on a mix of private property and Arizona State Land, which will continue to be used for grazing and ranching over the 35-year life of the project. Landowners who choose to host wind turbines can continue to work their land while gaining the opportunity to reinvest their agricultural operations, save for retirement, and use their increased purchasing power to support local businesses throughout the community.

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Supporting Ranchers
Support Rural Economies

Hundreds of jobs will be created during construction, offering opportunities for residents to enter the rapidly expanding clean energy workforce. Local businesses will see an economic boom as demand for lodging, restaurants, supplies, vehicle maintenance, and fuel increases throughout the 9-12 months of construction. During operations, 8-10 permanent positions will be created to operate Forged Ethic Wind Energy Project, and the project will continue to source supplies from local businesses.

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Support Rural Economies

Stronger Electric Grid

Stronger Electric Grid
Stronger Electric Grid

Wind energy has become one of the most affordable and reliable sources of electricity available today. Wind farms increase the resiliency of Arizona’s electric grid while protecting consumers from the volatility and rising costs of traditional energy sources.

Protecting the Environment and Community

Forged Ethic Wind Energy Project will be designed to complement existing ranching land uses, protect the soil, and avoid impacts to wildlife.

Wind farms produce electricity without generating any pollution, resulting in cleaner air and water when compared to traditional power plants. The average wind farm leaves 98% of the land undisturbed, leaving it free for other uses like farming and ranching.

Protecting the Environment and the Community - Scioto Ridge Solar | RWE

Comprehensive studies are required as part of the planning and permitting process to protect public safety and the environment. Wind energy is a major climate change solution, which is the largest threat to many species and their habitats. Wind power is far less harmful to wildlife than traditional energy sources it displaces, including to birds and their critical habitats.

At the end of Forged Ethic Wind Energy Projects useful life, equipment will be removed and the land can be returned to its original uses.

Approval Process

  • Coconino County Permitting

    The Coconino County zoning ordinance was updated in June 2022 to include Section 3.19 Utility Scale Renewable Energy Systems to establish a process, rules, and standards for the construction, siting and operation of Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Systems (Coconino County 2022). The Project will comply with the requirements of this zoning ordinance and describe all requested information in the project’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application.

    The Coconino County Renewable Energy Ordinance requires a visual resource overview and simulations. The preliminary visual assessment for the Project identified existing visual resources within 10 miles of the proposed project. Scenic simulations illustrate the proposed facility including wind turbines, structures, substations, overhead transmission lines, and equipment facilities. The photos’ locations, determined in coordination with the Coconino County planning staff, are identified and labeled on a map demonstrating the visual line of sight from the resource to the facility.

    Facility lighting, such as safety lighting at the operations and maintenance building and substation control building, will be designed in compliance with Coconino County Zoning Ordinance lighting performance standards.

    Public comments may be submitted at any time via email, online using the form below, or via U.S. mail to:

    Lucero Weber, Community Engagement Organizer
    RWE Clean Energy, LLC
    101 West Broadway, Floor 11
    San Diego, CA 92101

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    RWE will submit an application for a Conditional Use Permit from Coconino County.

    CUP Application Materials (to be posted here when available)

    • CUP Application and Exhibits 
    • County Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors Hearing Dates

    The Coconino Planning and Zoning Commission typically meets in the First Floor Meeting Room at the Coconino County Administration Building, 219 East Cherry Avenue in Flagstaff, Arizona. However, these meetings are currently occurring in a virtual format as related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Coconino County Community Development Department can be contacted at 928-679-8850 if you have questions about their public hearing process.

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