18 Jul '11, 6am

10,000 MW of Renewables Pass Military Muster

Over 10 gigawatts (10,000 MW) of renewable power have cleared a significant hurdle, with the Department of Defense’s finding that 229 such projects will have little or no impact on military missions. The department reviewed 249 projects proposed in 35 states and Puerto Rico. The projects included 30 solar facilities, and wind installations with a combined 6,500 turbines, along with a handful of transmission lines and three geothermal projects. Of the 249 projects reviewed, the DoD found that 20 may pose adverse impacts on military readiness and operations. It said it would undertake further studies and developer negotiations on these projects, in consultation with appropriate federal, state and local agencies. The largest projects with no DoD objection include a 314-turbine project in Breckenridge, Mich.; the 251-turbine Red Pine Wind Project in Marshal, Minn.; another 251...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/07/18/10000-mw-of...

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