The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes have announced their support for the proposed China Mountain wind project in Idaho. The project is being developed by China Mountain Wind LLC, a subsidiary of RES America Developments Inc. and NV Energy.
The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Business Council signed a resolution Monday supporting the proposed project, which will be developed on approximately 30,000 acres of property owned by the Bureau of Land Management, the Idaho Department of Lands and private landowners. It is expected to produce up to 400 MW and will consist of 200 turbines.
‘Renewable energy – energy without burning fossil fuels – is needed to reverse changes affecting us all, everywhere,’ says Terry Gibson of the council. ‘The Shoshone-Paiute recognize a responsibility to face this difficulty, largely brought on by other people, but to do so in a way that preserves our history and way of life as fully as possible.’
The council resolution emphasizes that responsible development of renewable energy is a key part of the tribes' future. It also recognizes RES Americas and NV Energy's commitment to respect the tribes' desire to protect their cultural and religious sites as well as species, including the sage-grouse, living on and around China Mountain.