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Sempra Wind Project Gets Mexican Permit

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Aired 8/20/10

A proposed Sempra Energy wind farm project in Mexico near the U.S. Border has moved a step closer to reality. The wind farm would be built in Mexico, just south of Jacumba.

A proposed Sempra Energy wind farm project in Mexico near the U.S. Border has moved a step closer to reality. The wind farm would be built in Mexico, just south of Jacumba.

The project includes building a series of wind turbines throughout a stretch of northeast Baja.

Energy from the project would be sold for use in the United States.

Scott Crider with Sempra Generation, a division of Sempra Energy, said Mexican officials have approved a permit for the Energía Sierra Juarez project.

"This is a great milestone for the project," said Crider. "But this is just one permit in the process and we still have a long ways to go."

Crider said other Mexican agencies still must approve the project.

"We do need some local permits in Mexico," said Crider. "We also are awaiting a decision from the Department of Energy that needs to approve the cross-border transmission line that would connect the project into the California power grid in addition to needing a permit from the County of San Diego."

Some environmental groups say the project is one of several proposed on both sides of the border that could alter the rural nature of the region.

Crider said the Mexican permit requires Sempra to conduct studies and monitor how the project will impact wildlife and the environment.

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