December 5 (Renewables Now) - The federal US government has turned down a 500-MW wind project in southern Nevada that was proposed by Swedish wind developer Eolus Vind AB's (STO:EOLU-B) subsidiary Crescent Peak Renewables LLC.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a decision last week, stating it has rejected the right-of-way application due to multiple issues and concerns. Among them are concerns that the wind turbines will disrupt aviation radar systems and will have a negative impact on the visual landscape in the area. The agency noted it previously determined that the project does not comply with its resource management plan for Southern Nevada, while a review would still be made.
The Crescent Peak Wind Project was proposed for an area of over 32,500 acres (13,152 ha) of public lands along the Nevada-California border. According to the project’s website, the plant would be able to generate electricity for up to 150,000 homes. Due to its proximity to the Mojave National Preserve and Castle Mountains National Monument in California, however, the scheme was widely opposed by conservation groups in view of its potential effect on wildlife in the area.