Virginia Peak Wind Right-Of-Way Application Environmental Assessment (On Hold)
Virginia Peak Wind Company, LLC (VPWC), a subsidiary of Nevada Wind, LLC, is requesting a right-of-way (ROW) authorization from the BLM to build a 3,372 foot segment of new road on public land and cross public land with four aerial transmission line corner crossings. The proposed road segment and transmission line would be located within the Pah Rah Range in Washoe County, Nevada, east of the community of Warm Springs and 20 miles northeast of the city of Sparks. VPWC intends to use Microwave Road to haul equipment and components to its Virginia Peak wind energy generation facility which is located on private land. Energy generated by the facility would be fed into the NV Energy’s energy grid.
The Virginia Peak wind generation facility is located entirely on private land. The federal responsibility is only for the short segment of road improvement and the four aerial transmission line crossings on public land. VPWC applied for a special use permit (SUP) from Washoe County for the construction, installation and operation of 44 wind turbines, associated roads, collection lines, a transmission line and substation in June 2008. Through the Washoe County SUP process, seven public meetings were held to discuss the Virginia Peak wind generation facility including the project components which cross public lands. Two public meetings were held by the Truckee Meadows Planning Agency. Washoe County approved the SUP on February 2009.
Project update January 2012: The project is currently on hold pending evaluation of biological resources in the project area. On November 18, 2011 Virginia Peak Wind Company, LLC was purchased by Virginia Peak Power Partners, LLC.
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