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Caution: Wind turbines ahead

If you're driving in the northern part of the Central Valley this summer, watch out for wind turbines on the road. There are 44 wind turbines that will be transported to the Hatchet Ridge Wind Farm near Burney starting May 24 and continuing through the end of July, says the California Department of Transportation.

If you're driving in the northern part of the Central Valley this summer, watch out for wind turbines on the road.

There are 44 wind turbines that will be transported to the Hatchet Ridge Wind Farm near Burney starting May 24 and continuing through the end of July, says the California Department of Transportation.

Each wind turbine is made up of eight main components, some up to 185 feet long. Large parts will be delivered daily to the wind farm site on up to eight oversize load trucks, some requiring escort by the California Highway Patrol.

Trucks from the Gerber rail yard and from the Nevada state line will begin transport in the early morning, every day except weekends and holidays. There will be no transports on Friday, May 28 or Monday, May 31, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

From Gerber, the transports will head north on I-5 to Redding, and then turn east on SR 299 to the Hatchet Ridge site. From the Nevada state line, the transports will head north on US 395, through Susanville, and then take SR 36 to SR 44 to SR 89 to SR 299 and west to the Hatchet Ridge site.

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If you're driving in the northern part of the Central Valley this summer, watch out for wind turbines on the road.

There are 44 wind turbines that will be transported to the Hatchet Ridge Wind Farm near Burney starting May 24 and continuing through the end of July, says the California Department of Transportation.

Each wind turbine is made up of eight main components, some up to 185 feet long. Large parts will be delivered daily to the wind farm site on up to eight oversize load trucks, some requiring escort by the California Highway Patrol.

Trucks from the Gerber rail yard and from the Nevada state line will begin transport in the early morning, every day except weekends and holidays. There will be no transports on Friday, May 28 or Monday, May 31, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

From Gerber, the transports will head north on I-5 to Redding, and then turn east on SR 299 to the Hatchet Ridge site. From the Nevada state line, the transports will head north on US 395, through Susanville, and then take SR 36 to SR 44 to SR 89 to SR 299 and west to the Hatchet Ridge site.

In various locations there will be intermittent traffic control and CHP escort. Motorists should be prepared for localized delays.

The wind turbines, manufactured by Siemens, will generate power equivalent to the amount of energy needed to serve nearly 44,000 California homes annually. Pacific Gas and Electric Company will purchase the power under a 15-year power purchase agreement. Hatchet Ridge will create approximately 100 to 200 construction jobs over the next year and six to eight permanent jobs during operations.

According to information from Pattern Energy, the owner of the wind farm, the electricity produced annually by the wind turbines at Hatchet Ridge will offset more than 80,000 tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere, or the equivalent of 12,000 cars per year, and will conserve 34,204,470 gallons of water each year that would normally be consumed by traditional methods of conventional generation.


Source: http://www.centralvalleybus...

MAY 18 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/26322-caution-wind-turbines-ahead
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