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Alta-Oak Creek Mojave Wind Project

Aspen assisted the Kern County Planning and Community Development Department from with the California Environmental Quality Act process for the Alta-Oak Creek Mojave Project. Aspen prepared an environmental impact report (EIR) for the project, which was approved by the Kern County Board of Supervisors in 2010. The project is currently in operation.

The project, owned by Alta Windpower Development LLC is a wind energy generation facility designed to generate up to 710 megawatts of electricity from wind turbine generators on an approximately 9,120-acre site in unincorporated Kern County, California. The project required approval of a zone change and a Conditional Use Permit. Wind energy from this project is transferred to Southern California Edison’s 220-kilovolt transmission system and sold to a power purchaser, who in turn sells energy output to California investor-owned utilities, municipalities, or other purchasers, in furtherance of the goals of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard.

The EIR evaluated potential impacts of implementing a change in zone classification to incorporate the Wind Energy Combining District to the base district for approximately 2,772 acres of the project site. Aspen also assisted in the review of environmental technical reports prepared by the applicant, and preparation of the mitigation monitoring and reporting program.

Practice areas: Energy

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