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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) severely criticizes
the California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.
On February 23, 2015 the state and federal agencies that are drafting
the zoning plan for the California deserts renewable energy development
(DRECP) close the period for public comment on the plan. Over
12,000 people and organizations submitted comments. Foremost was
the response from the EPA which criticized the DRECP on a number of key
- The plan is lacking in its examination of potential impacts to air and water, wildlife, and public health in the desert.
DRECP's assumptions about the amount of renewable energy desert
communities will need to provide the rest of the state are outdated,
inflated, and in need of revision.
Any desert energy development should be focused on lands the EPA has already identified as disturbed or contaminated.
Not enough attention to the DRECP's effect on desert watercourses such as the Amargosa River.
The DRECP should examine whether large renewable energy installations
in the plan area should be treated as large stationary sources of air
pollution similar to coal-fired plants under the Clean Air Act.
The EPA offers straightforward suggestions as to how the risk to birds
from renewables development in the desert should be addressed in the
The explosive growth in rooftop solar, along with improvements in power
storage, make distributed generation more and more feasible as a way of
meeting much of California's power habit, lessening the need for
remote, utility-scale renewables in the desert.
Survivors has long fought industrial-scale wind and solar projects in
untouched California desert lands. We champion rooftop
solar. It looks as though the EPA is also seeing things our way.
To learn more please go to THIS ARTICLE
by Chris Clarke for KCET.