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Tylerhorse Wind Project (CACA 53958)

The following diagram shows the current progress for this proposed project with links to applicable project-related documents. The colored bar in the center indicates the items that have been completed or are currently underway.


Federal Coordination Process

- Right-of-Way Grant

Record of Decision -  
  - Notification of Final EIS

  Publication of Final EIS -

  - Public Comment Period
Notice of Availability of Draft EIS -  
  - Notice of Intent

Project Vitals

Proposed Location: Approximately 15 miles west of California Highway 14, 12.5 miles south of California Highway 58, and 8 miles north of State Route 138

Electricity Production Capacity: Up to 60 megawatts

Company: Heartland Wind, LLC (a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables, LLC)

Acreage: 1,100 acres

Status: Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register on 7/15/2011

Public Comment: Comment period will follow Draft EIS publication

Company's Expected Benefits: The project would generate enough electricity to power about 18,000 homes. The project is anticipated to employ a peak construction workforce of 75 and 8 to 12 full time workers during operations. 

Public Comments 

The public comment period on the Notice of Intent has been extended to September 29, 2011.

Publication of the NOI initiates a public scoping period of 30 days, ending August 15, 2011.  During the scoping period, the BLM will solicit public comment on planning issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be considered in the analysis of the proposed action. 

Comments addressed to BLM can be sent by e-mail or write to Bureau of Land Management, California Desert District, Attn: Tylerhorse Wind Project, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Public Meetings and Hearings

As part of the environmental review process for the Tylerhorse wind energy project in Kern County, Calif a public scoping meeting will be held from 6 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at the Mojave Veterans Building, Room 1, 15580 O Street, Mojave, Calif.

Future meetings, hearings and any other public involvement activities will be announced at least 15 days in advance through public notices, media releases, and/or mailings.

For more information, contact the Bureau of Land Management California Desert District Office, Cedric Perry (951) 697-5388.

Historic Preservation - Section 106
A Citizen's Guide to Section 106
Reasonable and Good Faith Efforts
Related Links
Public Scoping Report 
Notice of Intent
BLM CDD Renewable Energy
Understanding the NEPA Process

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