The proposed wind farm on the western fringes of Camas Prairie and in the scenic Cat Creek Summit area of Idaho’s Highway 20 is a departure from the standards used for other wind farms projects in our state.
The map below shows that all wind farms/turbines in Idaho are located along the Interstate 84 and Interstate 15 corridors. The Cat Creek Energy project could very well open up a whole new eye-sore corridor along Highway 20 and maybe even along the approaches to Anderson Ranch Reservoir on the Pine-Featherville Road.
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Currently, the 588 wind turbines shown on the above map produce 1,026 megawatts of energy according to the United States Geologic Survey. That is enough energy to power over 750,000 households (1 megawatt – 750 households). As of the 2016 U.S. Census estimates, there were about 600,000 households in Idaho.
Are you willing to hedge your bets and simply trust that this new Cat Creek Energy wind farm will not open up the floodgates for future projects up and down Highway 20 and other connecting corridors?
On May 11, 2018, at 1:30 pm, the Elmore County Commissioners will decide if they think they should take a better look at the process they used to approve this large-scale energy project and the 10,000 pages of evidence. Please contact the county commissioners (http://www.elmorecounty.org/Commissioners/PDFs/default.html) to voice your opinion and if you have time, attend this critical meeting.
Last updated on April 27, 2018