STATUS: In progress, with opposition
OPPOSITION: Albion Valley residents
BACKGROUND: Windland Inc. planned to construct up to 100 wind turbines on Cotterel Mountain. The company has gained a right-of-way, but still must complete a contract. The project would produce up to 200 megawatts, enough power for up to 50,000 homes per year. Windland predicted that construction could begin in the summer of 2010.
The project faces threats of legal action from opponents. The main concern among opponents is that the turbines will “obstruct the view” (a full list of environmental concerns is available on the Executive Summary on the Bureau of Land Management website linked below).
In August 2010, the Cassia County Board of Commissioners met with Mike Courtney from the BLM and Scott Nannenga from the Forest Service. Mr. Courtney reported on the proposed project. He stated that there was an issue concerning Golden Eagle nesting, according to the minutes of the meeting.
SOURCES: Wind Energy News: http://windenergynews.blogspot.com/2006/09/giant-wind-farm-gets-permit-from-blm.html;
South Idaho Press http://www.windaction.org/news/14120;
Bureau of Land Management: http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/burley/Planning/cotterel_wind_power.html;
Cassia County: http://www.cassiacounty.org/commissioners/minutes/2010/Aug/08-23-10.pdf;
Last updated: November 11, 2010