STATUS: In progress with opposition
OPPOSITION: Local residents
BACKGROUND: Iberdrola announced plans for a 200 mega-watt wind farm in McCain Valley near the existing Kumeyaay wind farm. They are currently undergoing environmental and metrological studies and continuous modifications to get this project running in 2010.
Not only would the project create 160 jobs, it would bring indirect economic benefits with a significant increase of local business, an amount estimated to be near $1 million.
However, the $400 million project faces mounds of opposition. Local residents do not want the towering turbines invading their neighborhoods and are opposing the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of the wind project.
California has the ambitious mandate of reaching 20% renewable energy in 2010 and 33% by 2030. Iberdrole estimates that the Tule Wind Farm would reduce CO2 emissions by about 250,000 tons. This project – if it does not succumb to local opposition – will help California reach its goal as it powers up to 60,000 homes.
As of July 2010, the company was in the midst of preparing the environmental impact study. The project requires several permits but remains on track to go up at the end of 2012
SOURCES: East County Magazine: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/?q=436_windmills;
Iberdrola Renewables: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/images/documents/IBR%20Presentation%201-13-09.ppt;
SignOn San Diego: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2009/nov/15/wind-farm-plan-irks-activists/;
Tule Wind Project: http://www.iberdrolarenewables.us/tulewind/;
Last updated November 9, 2010