[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Planning Commission delays windmill decision 

The Riverside County Planning Commission largely ignored arguments from Desert Hot Springs officials Wednesday who asked that the county stop a 45-turbine windmill project just south of the city.

“I have a difficult time dealing with the opposition of the city of Desert Hot Springs when they have (planned for windmills in that area in) a general plan,” planning commissioner John Porras said. “It’s inconsistent.”

The City Council had passed a resolution and written a letter to the county in opposition to the project. The city, which hopes to annex the land, believes that if windmills are built there, the land will be useless for future development and property taxes.

“As far as economic development goes, there is none now and very little in the future should we annex this land,” Councilman Hank Hohenstein told the Planning Commission.

The city’s general plan was drawn up before most of the current council was elected.

Although all of the members of the commission said they were leaning toward approving the 45-megawatt wind-turbine project, they all agreed to postpone a decision until May 16 because of a last-minute letter the commission received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The letter stated there were several issues that the developer, PPM Energies of Portland, Ore., needed to address, such as a fence that must be built around the construction zone. However, the commissioners and the developer questioned whether the letter was referring to the correct project, as the letter mentions hills in the area where there are none.

The commission will reconvene in May to discuss only certain aspects of the project, including the Fish and Wildlife Service letter.

Andy Linehan, who heads the project for PPM, had mixed emotions following the meeting.

“We’re disappointed. I think we got a positive reception but hoped that it would be decided tonight and not delayed for another month essentially,” Linehan said after the meeting. “We have a few odds and ends, but I think that’s it.”

The May 16 meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Coachella Valley Water District building in Coachella.

The project’s 45 wind turbines will be about 330 feet tall and supply enough electricity to power 300 homes a year.

By Bill Byron
The Desert Sun


19 April 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky