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Energy Company Proposes Wind Project For Boulevard

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Aired 10/9/09

An energy company filed an application today (Friday) with San Diego County to develop a wind farm near Boulevard.

An energy company filed a permit application Friday with San Diego County to develop a wind farm near the community of Boulevard.

Iberdrola Renewables said its proposed Tule Wind Power project includes 12 wind turbines, access roads, and a 138-kV transmission line on 1,600 acres of private land near Boulevard in East San Diego County.

The company says an additional 100-125 turbines are planned on adjacent Bureau of Land Management, state and tribal lands in the McCain Valley.

Edmund Clark with Iberdrola Renewables said the proposed project would generate enough power for 60,000 San Diego-area homes and add about $500,000 in annual property tax revenues to county coffers.

He said the project would bring 200 temporary construction jobs and 10 permanent jobs.

Boulevard resident Donna Tisdale, with the Protect Our Communities Foundation, says there's a better option.

"San Diego and La Jolla, they got better wind there, they want the energy, let them do it themselves, they don't need to trash our neighborhoods doing it," Tisdale said.

Iberdrola said if the project passes all regulatory hurdles construction could start late next year or in 2011.

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