County of Shasta Press Release
Shasta County, CA – Shasta County is proud to announce the launch of “StopFountainWind.com“, a dedicated platform aimed at providing comprehensive information to the public regarding the potential adverse effects of the Fountain Wind Project. The website serves as a valuable resource hub, equipping residents with the knowledge and tools necessary to voice their concerns and actively oppose the proposed project.
Key features of “StopFountainWind.com” include:
- Educational Resources: Accessible, easy-to-understand materials outlining the project’s potential effects on Shasta County, ensuring residents are well-informed about the implications of the Fountain Wind Project.
- Community Action Guide: Resources empowering residents to actively engage in the process, including a form letter to customize and send to the California Energy Commission (CEC), and digital graphics and resources to share on social media to share information on these issues.
- Letters From Those Opposed: List of prominent organizations and leaders who are in opposition to the Fountain Wind Project, with attached opposition letters.
- Latest Updates: Timely news and updates on the Fountain Wind Project, keeping residents informed of any developments and encouraging community dialogue.
Shasta County invites members of the public to express their opposition to the Fountain Wind Project by submitting an e-comment through the following link; https://bit.ly/FountainWind or by following the “Act Now” steps atwww.StopFountainWind.com.
Fountain Wind Project
Prior to the June 30, 2022, signing of Assembly Bill (AB) 205, the CEC’s powerplant licensing jurisdiction was limited to thermal powerplants 50 megawatts (MW) or larger. To accelerate the state’s transition to renewable energy and to maintain electrical system reliability under this transition and during extreme climate-change-driven events, AB 205, as modified by AB 209 expands the types of facilities that can be certified by the CEC. This “Opt-in” certification process is available to solar photovoltaic and terrestrial wind energy powerplants of 50 MW or more, energy storage facilities of 200 megawatt-hours (MWh) or more, the electric transmission lines from these facilities to the first point of interconnection, and facilities that manufacture or assemble clean energy or storage technologies or their components with a capital investment of at least $250 million. In addition, thermal powerplants of 50 MW or more that do not use fossil or nuclear fuels may choose the Opt-in process rather than the CEC’s Application for Certification process. AB 205 authorizes the CEC to accept applications for these facilities and provides a new, streamlined process for their review and a decision by the CEC. The CEC is the “lead agency” under the California Environmental Quality Act and is required to prepare an environmental impact report for any facility that elects to opt-in to the CEC’s jurisdiction. With exceptions, the issuance of a certificate by the CEC for an eligible facility is in lieu of any permit, certificate, or similar document required by any state, local, or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law, and supersedes any applicable statute, ordinance, or regulation of any state, local, or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law. The CEC’s authority under the opt-in certification program does not supersede the authority of the California State Lands Commission to require leases and receive lease revenues, if applicable, or the authority of the California Coastal Commission, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the State Water Resources Control Board or applicable regional water quality control board, or, in the case of manufacturing facilities, the applicable local air quality management district or the Department of Toxic Substances Control.
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