By Roy L Hales
East County Magazine (www.eastcountymagazine.org) set up an online poll to gage public support for the idea that San Diego’s East County be developed as a renewable energy resource zone. The results suggest East County residents against industrial scale wind and solar development.
According to ECM:
“This energy corridor is to include three massive new wind farms in the Boulevard Planning Group’s jurisdiction – Iberdrola’s Tule Wind, Invenergy’s Shu’luuk, and Enel’s Jewel Valley – slated to cover thousands and thousands of acres. A fourth is planned just south of the border and a fifth, Ocotillo Wind, is nearing completion east of here, impacting habitat shared by local bighorn sheep. That’s in addition to the existing Kumeyaay wind facility on adjacent tribal land. There are also numerous industrial solar facilities being pushed forward in the Boulevard area encompassing thousands more acres—overwhelming a small town that prides itself on its rural backcountry character.”
It is not known how many of the 413 respondents were from East County, as the poll was taken on the Magazine website, but more than 100 people turned out for the January 24th anti-industrial conversion meeting in Boulevard. A number of East County residents, even those with solar panels and small wind turbines on their properties, have been vocal in their opposition to the large solar and wind farms going into their area.
The questions on the poll:
A proposed renewable “energy corridor” would industrialize thousands of acres in East County’s mountain and rural areas. What are your views?
I oppose. Put solar on roofs and parking lots instead, as San Diego Energy Foundation proposes. 65%
I support. Negative impacts to rural residents and the environment are prices we must pay for energy development. 35%
Total votes: 413
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