STATUS: In progress with opposition
BACKGROUND: In 2008, Great Basin Wind, LLC (GBW) submitted a right-of-way application to construct and operate a commercial wind turbine facility that would include approximately 69 wind turbines with the potential of producing 192 megawatts of electricity. The project would be located on the mountains north of Carson City and just west of famed historic Virginia City in Washoe, Storey, and Lyon Counties.
Residents had mixed reactions regarding the project. They weighed the greenness of wind power with the amount of visual pollution that the tall towering structures could bring to the popular 1860s-era tourist destination communities in the Comstock Historic District, which is also designated a National Historic District.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced plans on December 1, 2008 to assess the potential environmental impacts of the proposal project. As of September 2010, BLM still considered this project to be in the scoping phase. GBW is in the process of revising their right-of-way application by altering the location and number of turbines for the project, which is being done in response to public concerns raised during early scoping in 2008-2009.
SOURCES: U.S. Department of the Interior: Bureau of Land Management: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nv/field_offices/carson_city_field/planning___environmental/new_comstock_wind.Par.79918.File.dat/New%20Comstock%20Info%20Sheet%2012-01-08.pdf;
Industrial Wind Action Group: http://www.windaction.org/news/18137;
Las Vegas Review Journal: http://www.lvrj.com/news/40021052.html
Last updated November 19, 2010