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San Diego's planners are not willing to allow the health of residents or the rural character of East County to be sacrificed in order to accommodate wind energy developers. The victory for rural residents may be short-lived, however, since the San Diego Board of Supervisors ultimately has the final say on whether industrial wind facilities will be allowed on county-controlled lands.
"How would you feel if the President proposed a wind project on top of your ancestors' graves, or on top of Arlington National Cemetery?" Keeny Escalanti, president of the Quechan Tribe asked at a press conference ..."This is nothing more than a public land grab for private profit."
At a press conference yesterday outside the gleaming corporate towers occupied by Pattern Energy in La Jolla, a coalition of environmental groups, Native American tribes and outraged citizens urged President Barack Obama to stop fast-tracking of massive energy projects on public lands and halt construction at the Ocotillo Express wind facility immediately.
The federal government started pushing alternative energy development with aggressive incentives, and wind turbines suddenly became one heck of a great tax shelter. "We started out selling a small wind turbine to consumers for $98,000" said Coulter. "The consumer got a huge tax write-off, about two-thirds in tax savings," he recalled. "In one month, we built an entire wind farm - 72 machines."
Helena Quintana Arrow-weed of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, decried the Supervisors' action as "one horrible, terrible, very bad day for everyone." In an e-mail forwarded to ECM, she stated that Quechan tribal council members planned to meet today with Viejas Chairman Anthony Pico and other tribal representatives to strategize.
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."