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The U.K. based, Renewable Energy Systems, develops and constructs wind farms all over the world. Officials with the company say that wind power is becoming the world’s fastest growing energy source and there is a high demand for it in the United States.
Twin Falls County Commissioner Terry Kramer said, “Twin Falls County has a real unique opportunity to become a fairly large player in the wind–generation business and because of our high bluffs that we have that surround the Snake River Canyon. These are unique places and given us the opportunity to put those wind turbines in there.
The company is currently developing a project in Elko and southern Twin Falls County. Scott Kringen a project developer with the company says the project will be partially visible from Highway 93 and it is a mix of BLM, state and private lands.
Kringen said, “We are going through the permitting process with BLM, we expect to start early here in 2008, we have not started that process yet, but we expect to start it here early in the year and we’ll go through an environmental impact study and through a NEPA process.”
One of the factors the company will take in consideration is the impact on the wildlife in the area as it was hit hard by the Murphy Complex Fire.
Nichole Huges, Permitting Specialist said, “We haven’t talked about mitigation yet because we don’t know what the impacts are going to be. But we do regularly at our wind projects mitigate for impacts to wildlife and natural resources.”
They are only in the beginning stages but they plan to be in operation in approximately 2010.
3 January 2008
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