A laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is validating military tests of how wind turbines affect radar. The matter has been discussed at the highest levels of the Navy and the Department of Defense. Military priorities tend to trump other land-use interests. The military’s concern could be a significant obstacle to wind energy development in Southern California’s deserts. This article appeared in the Press-Enterprise, written by DAVID DANELSKI, quoted a spokesperson as saying: “The military always comes first on the food chain…”
Radar concerns already have killed several wind projects. In 2010, energy developers abandoned about a half-dozen proposed wind farms in the Barstow area after the Department of Defense raised objections. The radar issue is the second roadblock to wind development in California’s deserts. Miller said wind developers also are having trouble getting the permits they need from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because of concerns that the turbines will harm protected golden eagles and California condors.
For the complete story, goto the Press-Enterprise story: Mojave Desert: Military wants to limit wind development
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