High energy prices are forcing many to look at alternative energy sources. Tonight, many people attended an open house to get information about a new wind energy planned for the outskirts of Virginia City.
“We have a lot of area, we have a lot of wind and we have a lot of sun, Ed Cook of Dayton says. Those could be reasons why Nevada would be a perfect place for renewable energy.
Great basin wind filed an application to start the process of placing wind-powered turbines along the Virginia Mountain Range. “The Comstock was what led the state for quite awhile–this is a new time for the Comstock to be leading the state,” Rich Hamilton of Great Basin Wind says.
At a public meeting at the Bureau of Land Management’s district office, many residents seemed to be in favor of taking that lead. “I think it’s a good alternative–I think that where we have wind we should be utilizing it,” Tricia Lincoln says. “I think it’s a very good idea we need all the green energy we can get,” Cook adds.
Great Basin Wind officials say right now on the map–there are 71 proposed turbines shown here in green. The turbine towers would be 210 to 330 feet tall. The three blades would be 115 to 170 feet long. Great Basin officials say the turbines could produce as much as 192 megawatts of electricity–powering more than 21,000 homes. Officials say it also has other benefits. “We have a very nice levelized cost structures. It’s good for the rate payers because when you use renewable, one the jobs stay here. The power comes from here, the power stays here. We don’t buy power from out of state,” Hamilton says.
Although officials say those are the benefits so many need in hard economic times, others are opposed to the project. “It’s madness. To put winds turbines up above our historic city borders on insanity,” Daan Eggenberger says. Before any turbines actually go up, the BLM needs to conduct an environmental impact statement. That could take about two years.