OPPOSITION: Natural Guardian Limited Partnership; local residents
BACKGROUND: Goshen South Wind Farm’s proposal consisted of 150 wind turbines on 20,212 acres of land in Bingham County, Idaho. Each turbine would have the ability to generate between one and three megawatts of electricity providing enough power for up to 650 homes. The 450 megawatt wind farm would eliminate two billion pounds of emissions each year in contrast to a coal-fired energy plant.
Ridgeline received a Special Use Permit from the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission in April 2008, but a judicial review was requested by the Natural Guardian Limited Partnership of Idaho Falls and local landowners, stating that the permission to construct the wind farm was granted by an older ordinance that had since been changed. Although opposition continues over the prospect of a wind farm project in Bingham County, others support it. Landowner Kelly Bingham said, "We love this area and want to see it maintain its rural character. The wind farm will help us hold onto our land and keep it available for farming, ranching, recreation and wildlife habitat."
As of November 4, 2010, the project is completed and operational with 83 wind turbines.
SOURCES: Ridgeline Energy: http://www.ridgelineenergy.com/project_overview.html;
Renewable Energy Development: http://renewableenergydev.com/red/wind-power-goshen-south-wind-farm/;
KIDK News: http://www.kidk.com/news/106745284.html
Last updated November 11, 2010