The Tule Wind Power Project is in serious danger of being reduced, which will have a negative impact on the environment and San Diego's ability to meet renewable energy goals. Now is the time to act! Help us send a support letter to the government agencies telling them to approve this project at its proposed size.
Send a Letter of Support
We're now at a critical milestone, so please help us by writing a letter today. Submit the letter below after you share why YOU think wind energy is important and why we need the Tule Wind Power Project kept at the proposed size.
Some points to consider adding to your letter:
- The Tule Wind Project will create approximately 325 jobs at the peak of construction.
- It will be located in a remote and sparsely populated area unseen by nearly everyone.
- The project will provide renewable energy to power 60,000+ San Diego area homes.
- The Tule Wind Power Project will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 230,000-250,000 tons and save 149 million gallons of water per year over gas-fired generation, making our air cleaner and reducing our impact on climate change.
- Studies show this land has low use by sensitive or endangered species.
- Wind energy is a free and unlimited resource. It helps California reach its renewable energy goals, lowers our dependence on imports of natural gas, oil and other fuels, and reduces smog and greenhouse gas pollution.
- The local Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians tribe supports the Tule Wind Power Project and wants their land to be used to harness this valuable natural wind resource. If the project size is reduced, the tribal land will no longer be incorporated into the project.
- The wind resource in McCain Valley is rare and valuable.
**All numerical information is based off the currently proposed size of the project; numbers will decrease if the project is reduced and this will have a serious impact on the environment, the economy and San Diego's ability to meet renewable energy goalsSend a Letter California Legislation
On November 17, 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-14-08 to increase the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) for California. The order mandated that retail sellers of electricity shall serve 33 percent of their load with renewable energy by 2020. The Governor requires that all state government agencies take all appropriate actions to implement this target.Federal Legislation
Under the Obama Administration, the anticipated federal requirements for RPS are expected to increase to 25 percent. Americans can expect a $15 billion per year package to promote renewable energy sources. New standards will be in place for reductions on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, with a cap of 80% by 2050.Approval of the Tule Wind Power Project
The Tule Wind Power Project is currently in the environmental review process, where federal and state agencies will oversee a review of Iberdrola Renewables, LLC’s plans for the project in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The project developers have also filed an application for a Major Use Permit with the County of San Diego. We encourage supporters to write to these approving agencies, urging them to support the Tule Wind Power Project and help San Diego meet state and federal requirements.