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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District
 
Release Date: 07/01/09
Contacts: Stephen Razo , 951-697-5217 , srazo@ca.blm.gov
News Release No. CA-CDD-09-51

Environmental Assessment for Proposed Wind Energy Project Available for Public Review


The environmental assessment (EA) analyzing a proposed wind energy project near Palm Springs, California, has been released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for public review.  Upon completion of a fifteen (15) day review period, which will conclude on July 15, 2009, the BLM will prepare and issue a decision record.

Mesa Wind Power Corporation has applied to amend and extend their BLM right-of-way grant to allow for repowering and replacement of wind turbines on an existing wind energy generating facility in the San Gorgonio Pass, in Riverside County.  The project site is north of Interstate 10 and east of the community of Cabazon.

The proposed project would increase the capacity of the generating facility from 30 megawatts (mw) to 50 mw through a re-powering process and replacement of 460 existing wind turbines with 30 new, more efficient turbines. The re-powering of this project would be accomplished through a phased approach with phase 1 being the removal of seventy four, 65 kilowatt (kw) turbines and the installation of up to fifteen new state of the art 1.5 mw wind turbines.  Phase 2 would involve the removal of 384 more of the 65 kw turbines and the installation of the additional fifteen, 1.5 mw wind turbines to a final increased capacity of 50 mw.

The document is available online at the BLM web site: www.blm.gov/ca/palmsprings under “Environmental Documents (NEPA) for Public Review.”  Copies of the document can also be viewed at the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, Calif. 92262.  To obtain a printed copy or, or for more information, contact Greg Hill, planning and environmental coordinator, at (760) 833-7100. 




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