Obama administration to push back on $20bn wind project
A group of Obama administration officials is pushing back on a proposed $20 billion wind farm in the Montauk Valley.
Key members of the administration’s environmental group have been working on the project for years, with the first wind farm proposed in 2016.
But after the State Department rejected the proposal last year, the administration put forward its own plan, saying it would be a better deal for the region and the country.
Key points:The group says it will take a look at the Montaurier Wind Energy Project as part of its review of the Keystone XL pipeline projectThe group is pushing to use a public lands strategy that focuses on conservation, local control, and jobsThe group’s president and CEO, Bill McKibben, said in a statement to Recode that the Keystone pipeline project is a “keystone project” and it is critical that the project is given a fair chance to move forward.
The Montauriers proposed wind farm, called Montauries Wind Energy, would be built near the town of Montaurys in northeastern Montana. “
I think the best way to do that is by using a public land strategy, which is a land use-based strategy that includes environmental, tribal, and economic benefits to communities and to the environment.”
The Montauriers proposed wind farm, called Montauries Wind Energy, would be built near the town of Montaurys in northeastern Montana.
It would be about 2,400 megawatts, or equivalent to about 8 percent of the country’s total wind power capacity, according to the State Bureau of Land Management.
A State Department review in December found that the proposed wind project would be environmentally safe, would have “the most benefit to the Monterey Bay, Monterey and Pacific Rivers, and would also have the most significant benefits to regional and national security.”
In a statement, the group said it will consider the Montouries Wind energy proposal and other alternatives that have been put forward.
“The administration has not made any specific commitments to support this project,” the group’s executive director, Matt Biederman, said.
“However, we are looking at the possibility of utilizing a public realm approach that focuses more on the land than on environmental considerations.
We have already worked with the State, tribal leaders, and landowners, and we will continue to work with landowners and the tribes to help ensure that this project can be built safely and safely integrated into a robust regional plan for wind development.”
Read morePresident Donald Trump is also expected to sign the Keystone proposal, but that is not expected until 2019, when he takes office.
The Montourys wind farm is expected to generate around 3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, according the group.