Utility pulls out of Idaho wind farm project likely killing it

NV Energy has decided to back out of what would have been the largest wind farm in Idaho.

The Nevada utility was working with RES America Development to build the China Mountain Wind Project with anywhere from 170 to 200 wind turbines in Elko County and Idaho. But the BLM deferred a decision on the project earlier this year while it considered how to keep sage grouse from listing under the Endangered Species Act.

The decision by the utility likely ends the project that was expected to generate up to 425 megawatts of electricity on more than 25,500 acres of BLM-administered lands and 10,700 acres of State and private lands on the Idaho-Nevada border south of Twin Falls.

The project has support from local ranchers and business leaders in Twin Falls. But environmentalists and anti-wind power activists joined together to oppose the wind farm.

“When you drive down I-84 you can see wind facilities that were built in the best places for energy development – where it benefits local landowners and has low impact on wildlife,” said Lara Rozzell, an energy associate for the Idaho Conservation League.

The China Mountain project was sited within one of two important sage-grouse strongholds biologists say is essential for the long-term survival of sage-grouse. It lies within a large preliminary priority habitat area that contains approximately 42 percent of the sage-grouse population in a key Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ sage-grouse management zone.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined in 2010 that sage grouse was warranted but precluded from listing under the Endangered Species Act. In a subsequent stipulated settlement agreement, the Service indicated it would re-evaluate the status of sage-grouse in 2015.

Don't need it, Idaho Power's windy enough

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

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Sorry f.o., but Idaho Power wasn't mentioned

in the article, and isn't involved. NV Energy is the utility that is/was involved....Sunny...

It's a GRID! Prithee, where is Wells?

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

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It's not a grid

until others choose to join. Do some research, or change your medication....Sunny...

Which one do you want me to change?

Lovastatin (cholesterol)
Lisinopril (hypertension)
Actos/metformin/glyburide (type II diabetes)

or lithium carbonate?

All where they belong.

None of you realize your're being donkeys when you pull that crap, you think it's a joke.

I can have an attitude with or without my meds. Get a clue.

Does the grid in question stop automatically at the Idaho border? Hsrdly. All electric utilities sell their excess production where they can.

THEY HAVE NO STORAGE CAPACITY.

I DO understand some things about the nationwide electrical distribution network.

I was born here and have generally been in Canyon, Malheur or Morrow County, OR all of my 46 years, as of June. Morrow was on and off bwtween age 2 and 4 and my tonsils AND my oldest sister came out there.
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Some of the output would have been bought by Idaho Power...

Who are sitting on their collective butts effectively making the project UNFEASABLE.

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Finally!

The Sage Grouse win one.

birds cannot play the lottery-HUMANS ONLY!

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The Triumphant Return of FO

We're so relieved to see you have recovered from your recent depression. Keep up the witty and happy retorts.

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You'd Better think...bout whats you doin to me

Having just driven back from Eastern Idaho, I must admit that wind farming is or can be unsightly. When they are off in the distance..O.K. When they cover the hills like ticks...not so cool. I am not up on my bird politics so i won't weigh in, but we need to be thoughtful that these things will change the view for a LONG TIME.