Local business leaders praise decision to expand renewable energy
Opponents hope Supervisors, court will protect scenic, cultural and wildlife resources
By Miriam Raftery
December 26, 2011 (McCain Valley) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed approval December 20 forTule Wind Project on federal lands in McCain Valley in East County. The federal lands portion approved by the Department of the Interior constitute the bulk of the project, capable of generating up to 186 megawatts (MW) of the project’s total 200 MW capacity.
The project will need additional approvals from the County of San Diego, California Public Utilities Commission, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and California State Lands Commission. The County will hold hearings on a major use permit in the first quarter of 2012. Planning Commissioners and ultimately, the Board of Supervisors are expected to vote on the issue.