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The decision on whether to approve a proposed 112-wind-turbine project west of Ocotillo was continued by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, after a lengthy and at times emotional meeting that lasted all day.
Southern California Edison Co., Eagle Energy LLC, GIJ LLC, Real estate developer Kent Hoggan, Jeffrey Hoggan, businessman David Pitcher and his wife, Heather Kann are being sued for their alleged roles in a failed multimillion-dollar wind turbine project near Tehachapi.
Concerns are growing across the nation over the number of birds, particularly eagles, that are losing their lives. Now, as the number of wind energy projects grows, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to issue “take” permits that will make it legal for wind energy companies to kill eagles with no consequences.
Two energy companies sued Rosemead-based Southern California Edison Co. and a group of business people for their alleged roles in a failed multimillion-dollar wind turbine project near Tehachapi.
Several hurdles remain for the wind farm, including presidential approval for a cross-border tie-in line and construction of a substation to access U.S. transmission lines. The project is the first stage of more extensive plans by Sempra to install turbines along a hundred-mile stretch of windswept highlands atop the Sierra Juárez in Baja California.
At $106.50 per megawatt hour, Energia Sierra Juarez would charge more than double the price of the most cost-efficient wind farms in the United States. Those are located in the Texas and the Midwest, according to Mark Bolinger, a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
At a bankruptcy hearing Wednesday, Ms. Bifferato said the landlord is worried that it will be stuck with "a big mess with potential environmental problems," including Environmental Protection Agency violations. While Solyndra is paying to clean up its own property in Fremont in hopes of selling it, the company isn't setting aside enough money to clean up the leased property.
The decision, which was made unanimously by the five-member board, could result in the end of one proposed project and a massive redesign of another as county officials said the ruling shows the supervisors are concerned about dangers the tall structures pose. "We definitely had an issue with 198-foot-tall 'met' towers," said Edel Vizcarra.
In signing off on Tule Wind, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar endorsed an alternative for 62 turbines on public lands instead of 128 to reduce environmental impacts. Neighbors of the project have expressed concerns about disruptions to wildlife and the area's pristine views.
"Power to the people," said Young. "We won. The people spoke up, (and) the town of Tehachapi and the county, they heard us." The project, proposed by Helo Energy, LLC, would have added up to 17 wind turbines on about 300 acres in the canyon.
Sand Canyon residents have campaigned for months against a proposed wind energy project. On Dec. 15, Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner announced that the project has been formally withdrawn.
A proposal to power a recycled water project with a huge wind turbine has been scrapped. Delta Diablo Sanitation District dropped the idea to build a 327-foot-high turbine on its property because of community concerns, technical reasons and the cost of purchasing the energy.
Shell WindEnergy is hoping to address the concerns of Ferndale residents over the proposed Bear River Ridge wind farm by further examining transportation options, creating new visualizations and starting a website for open communication.
In the wake of the first wind turbine project going online last year, energy developers have proposed five more meteorological test stations in Shasta County to determine if the area can support more wind turbines.
The 335-foot-tall turbine, from base to blade tip, will provide one megawatt of electricity to CEMEX gravel mining operations in the area, just east of Interstate 505 and north of Highway 16. Zamora resident David Long sent a letter to local newspapers calling the project "monstrous."
According to county staff reports, the project would place 205 towering 3 megawatt wind turbines in a miles-long arch running south from Highway 58 north of town to well south of Mojave. Mojave residents complained that the project would convert "pristine desert landscapes" to an industrial "wasteland."
One opponent is Mark Jorgensen, the retired superintendent of the state park, who sent a blistering letter to the BLM last month. “I am astounded the Ocotillo Express Wind Project has been proposed in this location, with total disregard for the natural and cultural resources of our desert,”
Eight Native American tribes gathered here for a spiritual ceremony scheduled to last all weekend to bring awareness about the possible disturbance of artifacts and ceremonial grounds by a proposed windmill project.
AltaGas Renewable Energy Pacific Inc. requested the delay in order to complete a revised plan of development. The request came to the BLM field office on Wednesday, officials said, too late to pull the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement on the federal register that the draft EIS will be available to the public.
The homeowners who are expected to host the power lines do not wish them, nor the access road. The homeowners and business owners of Ferndale just showed they don't want the project either. Shell Oil representatives went around to the media pitching their deal. Why? Because they know they don't have community support in Ferndale nor much support in Rio Dell.