BLM Issues Final Environmental Review for Proposed Lava Ridge Wind Project


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued its final environmental review of the proposed Lava Ridge wind project in Idaho, with its preferred alternative coming in at half of the project’s originally proposed size. 

Shaped by public input and meetings with local landowners, ranchers and other interested parties, the preferred alternative reduces the area disturbed from the initial proposal by 50%, lowers the number of turbines from 400 to 241 and imposes a maximum height of 660 feet for turbines.

The preferred alternative additionally adjusts the corridor configuration such that the closest turbine to the Minidoka National Historic Site would be nine miles away. 

The project is proposed by Magic Valley Energy, an affiliate of LS Power.

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