Apex Clean Energy - the project developer - and the BLM may decide to redo some of the environmental analysis that the court found to be lacking. However, it would be wiser if Nevada and its neighbors focused investments on energy efficiency, and implemented policies that encourage distributed, locally-controlled renewable energy generation and battery storage.
|Spirit Mountain at dusk. This photo was taken from within the footprint of the proposed Searchlight Wind project site|
If Apex Clean Energy insists on moving forward with the original project proposal, the area will be transformed by 87 wind turbines - each taller than the Statue of Liberty - and connected by over 35 miles of new roads and 16 miles of new transmission lines. Apex Clean Energy's proposal further demonstrates that an industry-driven response to climate change lacks a conservation ethic or a concern for sustainability, and underscores the need for a community-focused clean energy path.