Supervisors Will Again Discuss Large Wind Project After 2021 Rejection By The Planning Commission

The proposed Fountain Wind Project will be discussed during Tuesday’s Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting. After being denied by the Planning Commission in 2021, the company ConnectGEN appealed to the Board of Supervisors with a downsized proposal which would reduce the number of turbines from 71 to 48, with a maximum height of 610 feet rather than 679 feet. None of them would have been north of Highway 299. Reasons against the proposal include that aerial firefighting would be hindered or impossible in the event of a wildfire. ConnectGEN had pledged large grants to a number of affected parties, including the Pit River Tribe, but a representative said no amount of payoff would change their position. In January, the company sought approval for the project from the California Energy Commission under a new law that gave such authority to the state agency. In March the Board of Supervisors responded by drafting an ordinance that prohibits new wind projects in the county altogether. On Tuesday the board will consider spending money on community education.