California Energy Commission Will Host Meeting On Large Wind Farm Proposed For Eastern Shasta County

A week from Tuesday the California Energy Commission will hold an informational meeting about the Fountain Wind Project proposed for the Round Mountain and Montgomery Creek area. The 48 turbine project has been denied by both the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, so in January the company sought approval from the California Energy Commission under a new law that granted that authority to the state agency. The commission will make a decision by July 26th of next year. Last month the Board of Supervisors voted to drum up public opposition through a $100,000 media campaign. Arguments against the proposal include impacts to wildlife and Pit River tribal resources, and the fact that aerial firefighting would be hindered or impossible in the event of a wildfire. Next Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 2 O’clock at the Gaia Hotel in Anderson. It will also be livestreamed via Zoom.