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Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on Twin Falls-area wind farm proposal

By: - August 27, 2021 4:39 am
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There are many details to iron out about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, but mayors in Idaho cities large and small already have plenty of ideas for how the funds could improve their communities. (Courtesy of the Department of Energy)

Bureau of Land Management officials are hosting two webinars in early September to get the public’s feedback on a proposed wind farm to be located outside of Twin Falls.

The proposed Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project would include up to 400 turbines and seven new substations situated on public lands about 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls, according to the U.S. Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management. Mountain Valley Energy, LLC’s  proposal calls for all components of the wind farm to be located in a series of half-mile corridors that cover about 76,000 acres. 

Magic Valley Energy is seeking approval to build and operate the wind farm, which has the potential to generate 1,000 megawatts of wind energy. 

Both webinars will be conducted via Zoom.

  • The first will run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8.
  • The second will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 9.

Anyone interested in participating may pre-register for the Zoom meeting online at the Bureau of Land Management’s homepage for the Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project

In a news release, Department of Interior officials said the Biden-Harris administration has committed to increasing renewable energy production on public lands and waters.

“Renewable wind projects are a critical component of the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to confronting climate change, promoting clean air and water for our current and future generations, creating thousands of good-paying union jobs and jumpstarting our country’s transition to a clean energy future,” Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in the news release.

 

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Clark Corbin
Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.

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