California Wind Project Earns Environmental Analysis Award
The California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) awarded the Ocotillo Wind project in Southern California with its highest award for Outstanding Environmental Analysis, Pattern Energy announced on April 19. The AEP awards jury found the Ocotillo Wind project's environmental review analysis was rigorous and included an extensive public outreach program and complex multi-agency approval process. The analysis also featured innovative analytical techniques including a state-of-the-art radar system linked to video recorders to monitor avian and big horn sheep activity.
The Ocotillo Wind project, a 265 megawatt wind power project in the Imperial Valley, has 94 turbines that are operational, and another 18 turbines that will be installed and operational by mid-2013. The Ocotillo Wind project is located on more than 12,400 acres of public lands administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, with a small portion on lands under the jurisdiction of Imperial County. It will provide enough renewable energy to power nearly 125,000 homes in Southern California annually. Ocotillo Wind is the first renewable energy project to transmit power over the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which connects San Diego with the Imperial Valley. See the press release in Energy Central newsletter.