7/6/2010--Walker Ridge in western Colusa County may be the home of a future wind farm.
Calgary-based AltaGas hopes to embrace wind turbine technology in the Mendocino National Forest, and has proposed a wind park on land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, located on the border of Colusa and Lake counties.
AltaGas — a $2.6 billion natural gas generating company — hopes to have the wind power project under construction by 2012, but fears the growing trend in alternative power could bog the company down in red tape.
"BLM is swamped with renewable energy applications," said Peter Eaton, project development director.
If all goes well for the company, 29 to 42 turbines will twirl on about 80 acres of a 8,157 acre row, and generate up to 70 mega watts of renewable energy.