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BLM rejects application for Silurian Valley energy project

The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application to build a controversial renewable energy facility in the Mojave Desert's remote Silurian Valley, deciding the sprawling project “would not be in the public interest.” ...Among the specific concerns the BLM noted were that the facility would disrupt migration corridors critical to bighorn sheep and other wildlife.
21 Nov 2014

BLM rejects application for Silurian Valley energy project

The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application to build a controversial renewable energy facility in the Mojave Desert's remote Silurian Valley, deciding the sprawling project “would not be in the public interest.” ...Among the specific concerns the BLM noted were that the facility would disrupt migration corridors critical to bighorn sheep and other wildlife.
21 Nov 2014

Will renewable energy ruin an 'irreplaceable' Mojave desert oasis?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California's Department of Fish and Wildlife have criticized its proposed location: a valley that serves as a crossroads for three major wildlife corridors and an important avian flyway. They warned that the long-standing migration corridors would be disrupted and wildlife would be injured or killed in the wind project's turbines or the solar project's superheated panels.
8 Nov 2014

Investigation sheds light on industry influence over desert policy

This summary from the Mojave Desert Blog provides a very useful summary of the investigation into Steven Black, a former senior Obama administration official of the US Department of the Interior. The investigation by the Office of the Inspector General revealed that Mr. Black applied undue influence on behalf of NextERA and other renewable energy companies seeking permission to construct energy projects in environmental sensitive areas. 
8 Nov 2014

Desert renewable energy conservation plan released

While the plan covers all renewable energy development. ...The plan's preferred alternative does not, however, create new zones for wind development in either Riverside or Imperial County, with few areas opened to wind overall. Nancy Rader — executive director of the California Wind Energy Association — said in a statement the industry's "worst fears are being realized."
3 Oct 2014

Desert renewable energy conservation plan released

While the plan covers all renewable energy development. ...The plan's preferred alternative does not, however, create new zones for wind development in either Riverside or Imperial County, with few areas opened to wind overall. Nancy Rader — executive director of the California Wind Energy Association — said in a statement the industry's "worst fears are being realized."
3 Oct 2014

Lyman Wind Action Group takes on Coos wind park

"This change in plan is a significant deviation from the plan as approved by the SEC. Before the SEC can agree to paring back an important condition of the certificate, we would recommend a full analysis be conducted to evaluate whether these changes are necessary and the extent of the changes. It is not sufficient to base this decision on a single turbine failure."
27 Sep 2014

Request to amend wind farm agreement will be heard by revised SEC

Dr. C. William Kilpatrick, a University of Vermont biology professor, said the loss of habitat, the creation of five miles of edge habitat, year-around maintenance of a road, and sound have had substantial adverse impacts on two threatened species - the American marten and Bicknell's thrust. ...the proposed restoration plan only addresses the loss of habitat.
23 Sep 2014

So long to wind project

For our part, we always felt uneasy about this proposal but joined with others in wanting to defer to the experts. The problem, however, is government oversight of wind farm developers is limited, meaning expert opinions carry less weight. In the end, Element Power withdrew the project rather than try to scale back operations to meet conservationists’ compelling arguments. 
22 Sep 2014

Study: It's possible to power all of California with clean energy, but...

A new study claims that California could power itself entirely with wind, water, solar, and geothermal energy by 2050, ...The catch is that California would need to build miles utility-scale solar power plants and wind turbines covering 3,426 square miles of the state  with offshore wind installations covering an additional 1,406 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.
9 Aug 2014

Comments to BPA regarding Whistling Ridge Energy Project

Commentsfriends-sosawhistlingridgeenergyproject_thumb Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Save Our Scenic Area, two non-profit conservation advocacy organizations missioned with protecting the Columbia River Gorge region, provided these comprehensive comments to the Bonneville Power Administration in reference to the proposed Whistling Ridge Wind Energy project. The project, owned by SDS Lumber Company, would consist of 50, 1.2 to 1.5 MW turbines. The opening portion and conclusion of the letter is provided below. The full comment letter can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page.
3 Jul 2014

New siting provision could bring hard times for Ohio wind power

A provision of the bill concerns wind power — currently Ohio’s largest source of renewable energy — and, more specifically, the “setback” distance between new turbines and adjacent private property. Prior to the law, a minimum 1,125-foot setback was required between new turbines and the nearest habitable structure. The provision in question moves the start of that setback from the nearest habitable structure to the nearest property line.
23 Jun 2014

Betraying Vermont's Environment

Despite the platitudes of its corporate and government backers, industrial wind has not reduced Vermont's carbon emissions. Its intermittent nature makes it dependent on gas-fired power plants that inefficiently ramp up and down with the vicissitudes of the wind. Worse, it has been exposed as a Renewable Energy Credit shell game that disguises and enables the burning of fossil fuels elsewhere.
15 May 2014

Giants on the horizon: Inside the Lake Winds Energy Park

Among the complaints, things like ‘shadow flicker’ – home videos available on YouTube show the pulsing of light in a nearby home as the blades pass in front of the sun.  More than a dozen neighbors have said the shadows, glare, noise, and other effects of the wind farm are enough to make them sick, filing a lawsuit against Consumers Energy last year. 
7 May 2014

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=USA&p=17&topic=Impact+on+Landscape
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