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Under the plan proposed on Tuesday, Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy would build and operate a $4 billion wind farm near Chugwater, Wyo., 40 miles north of Cheyenne. It would generate up to 2,100 megawatts of electricity, the bulk of which would be destined for California's Los Angeles basin.
“Our purpose is to protect the environmental and economic well-being of the High Mojave Desert, and to support a sustainable future, while safeguarding against activities that may harm the High Mojave Desert,” Ravana said in his letter.
Supervisors James Ramos and Robert A. Lovingood submitted a joint letter to the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday strongly opposing the North Peak Wind Project planned for 16.4 square miles of mountain ridges overlooking much of the Victor Valley.
After falling for years, California's greenhouse gas emissions rose 1.7 percent in 2012, pushed up by the drought and the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County. The state has not yet released emissions data for 2013.
The East County Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) heard comments on a draft program EIR covering the entire Alameda County segment of the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA).
Heron Bay Homeowners Association won its lawsuit when a judge agreed that San Leandro should have required an environmental review before approving the tall turbine in April 2013. But Halus Power Systems now will put up four 60-foot turbines within the industrial area's height limit, so no special permission or environmental review is required.
Ogin will replace 73 conventional windmills with the shrouded turbines, which have two concentric covers around the blades to make them, in theory, less accessible to approaching birds and bats.
The three-member East County Board of Zoning Adjustments on Thursday delayed voting on permits for the 40-turbine Sand Hill Wind project, citing concerns over "limitations" in the project's bird mortality study, the scenic impact of the turbines and the precedent the project could set for the technological future of the Altamont Wind Resource Area.
An experimental project designed to test whether a new type of wind turbine will prove less lethal to Altamont Pass birds will have to clear a few more hurdles before gaining approval of Alameda County.
Spanish developer NaturEner is denying fraud allegations by California offtaker San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in a legal dispute over the 189MW Rim Rock wind farm in Montana. The utility claims NaturEner fraudulently concealed that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recommended the developer get an eagle take permit for the project.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has formally terminated the final Environmental Impact Statement for Shu’luuk Wind on the Campo Indian reservation in East County. The move comes after the Campo tribe’s General Council turned down the project and cancelled the tribe’s contract with Invenergy.
Wyoming residents enjoy the cheapest electricity prices in the nation, thanks to low-cost power from coal-fired plants near vast surface mines in the Powder River Basin. California, which has all but phased out coal power and has the nation's most aggressive renewable energy laws, has close to the highest prices, according to U.S. Energy Department data.
“The BIA’s decision is reckless and shows outrageous disregard for the high fire risk we all face in San Diego County,” said Donna Tisdale, POC’s Secretary. “The fire district that Iberdrola contracted has no air tankers or helicopters of its own, but must hope and pray that mutual aid fire agencies can spare them.”
Tuesday, the Solano County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on wind and solar projects in the unincorporated areas of the county in order to do more research and planning on potential impacts to operations at Travis Air Force Base and agriculture in the area.
County Supervisor Jim Spering on Monday supported having a moratorium on the large, green energy projects while the county does its studies. The county is concerned about preserving the base’s ability to operate. It has a responsibility to preserve the base’s mission, he said.
Solano County has taken the first step toward what could be a two-year timeout on building commercial solar and wind energy projects, with the goal of preserving agriculture and Travis Air Force Base. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously passed a 45-day moratorium in rural areas for these large-scale projects that create electricity for utilities. It will consider extending the construction moratorium on Dec. 3 for another 10 months, and could ultimately extend the moratorium even longer.
Though several other wind energy projects have applied for eagle take permits, Shiloh IV is in line to be the first project granted a programmatic eagle take permit. USFWS published a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the permit before the shutdown, and is now extending the public comment period to make up for the 16 day period during which that Draft EA wasn't accessible to the public.
The plan had been on the drawing board for more than five years. The development hit a major snag when golden eagles were found nesting near the project site, which lies on 72 acres in the Granite Mountain range near Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley.
"This wind project is undesirable in so many ways and a great way to destroy our beautiful desert," said Betty Munson, a retiree who moved to Johnson Valley, east of Lucerne Valley, in 2000. "We're trying to get State Route 247 designated as a scenic highway, but those turbines will run parallel to the road and that will ruin the scenery for sure."
Perhaps we should begin with the fact that Acciona is a Spanish company. Spanish policies were fashioned to sustain the unsustainable. They tried to simultaneously create jobs, ignore increasing power-generation costs, and cover up failed policies by dolling out subsidies as if money was like wind and sunshine - free! Sound familiar? We have people here who want to lead us down the same path Spain has traveled.