Next Era Says it Is Pulling Back Portal Ridge Permit Request

Wstern Antelope Valley / Lake Elizabeth / Lake Hughes / Fairmont / Neenach, CA (Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.)—The following letter was circulated yesterday to communities concerned about the NextEra plans for a wind farm in the Portal Ridge area that would have an impact on the Western Antelope Valley and Lakes areas of Northern Los Angeles County.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors yesterday denied a conditional use permit to NextEra and another company, Element Power, which were both seeking to construct 200-foot meteorological study towers in preparation for producing Environmental Impact Reports. They seek to construct 500-foot wind turbine towers in utility scale renewable energy farms.

The NextEra site is about 7,500 acres. Several communities of the region have been deeply committed to stopping the building of massive wind turbine projects on ridges and hillsides:

Subject: Blue Sky Wind Project
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 01:54:01 +0000

Dear Antelope Valley Community Members and Interested Parties:

We are writing to let you know that apparently NextEra Energy Resources will not be pursuing the Met Tower [meteorological tower—Editor] permit for the Blue Sky project at this time. Although we are not currently representing NextEra, we understand that the decision was made to focus its resources on wind projects throughout California and the nation that are further along in the permitting process.

The NextEra team firmly believes that the location for the proposed Blue Sky project is among the best in California, providing significant clean energy benefits to Californians. The entire team appreciates the positive dialogue that has taken place between the team and the community. Further, the Blue Sky team is grateful for the significant support the projects received from local community members, the environmental community, and political leaders within the Antelope Valley and beyond. We know that this support will continue to increase.

We look forward to picking up our dialogue with the community in the near future as we proceed with this great clean energy project.

Again, on behalf of the entire team, thank you for the support, encouragement and insight you’ve provided us.


The Blue Sky Team


This is part of the January 20, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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