LS Power’s interest in a local renewable energy project has gone with the wind.
Ely City Councilman Steve Marich told the council Nov. 20 that the New Jersey-based utility has dropped out of its partnership with Nevada Wind, LLC. Together, the two entities planned to develop a 200-megawatt “wind farm” in the northern Egan Range near Telegraph Peak.
LS Power, which is also developing the coal-fired White Pine Energy Station project, enlisted none other than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to promote the partnership with Nevada Wind.
In late 2005, Reid called the project “a unique pairing of resources bringing renewable energy and clean coal energy together.” However, the Nevada Democrat has since vowed to stop construction of the White Pine Energy Station and two other coal-fired power plants under development in Eastern Nevada.
As of last Friday, the press release touting the project remained up on the company’s Web site.
According to Marich, an LS Power representative told him that the Egan Range is not a viable location for wind turbines.
But LS Power’s former partner clearly disagrees: Ely City Councilman Jerry Meyer said that Nevada Wind remains interested in the Egan Range site.
Meanwhile, LS Power is looking at other possible sites for wind turbines, including a spot in the Cherry Creek Range. But that site lies across the Elko County line.
By Rudy Herndon
Ely Times Reporter
28 November 2007
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