>>SoCal BLM sees 130 applications for desert energy projects
June 4, 2008, 3:16 pm
Filed under: Utilities

The Bureau of Land Management says it’s received 130 applications to build solar, wind and geothermal power projects in Southern California deserts, and has asked for a moratorium on new applications.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the pace of applications has accelerated during the past year. Interest is high in building power plants near existing transmission lines.

Groups as disparate as the Sierra Club and off-road trucking clubs have voiced opposition to disturbing desert landscapes with new construction. The Sierra Club opposes construction of new transmission lines, and favors distributed generation on urban rooftops.

Could a fault line open between advocates of non-polluting energy and habitat preservationists? Watch this space.


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[…] June 27, 2008, 7:06 pm Filed under: Policy About three weeks ago, we reported that the Bureau of Land Management was snowed under with permit applications for new solar and geothermal plants in California and Nevada, and wanted a […]

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