The BLM will not issue the Notice to Proceed until the right-of-way grant has been signed and the company has provided the required bonding. The 150-megawatt wind generation farm would be constructed on 7,673 acres of the public lands in north Spring Valley, about 30 miles east of Ely.
The project would consist of 75 wind turbines, electrical substation and utilize an existing 230 kilovolt transmission line for distribution. The project was analyzed in an environmental assessment (EA), which is tiered to the 2005 Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on Wind Energy Development.
Copies of the EA, DR, and FONSI are available online at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/ely_field_office.html. This decision could be appealed within 30 days of signing. The appeal process is explained in the Decision Record.
On Oct. 6, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed a lease agreement with Cape Wind Associates LLC for a 130-turbine offshore wind farm that could generate up to 468 megawatts of clean, renewable electricity for Nantucket Sound communities.
It was the nation’s first lease for commercial wind energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf. Spring Valley Wind Project would be one of several renewable energy projects that will help Nevada and the nation build a clean energy economy.