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Park Service Experts Speak Out
Against Soda Mountain

The Alliance for Desert Preservation has been speaking out and petitioning against the Soda Mountain Solar Project, recently approved by the Bureau of Land Management. The project would cover almost 2,000 acres of desert land with solar panels and other equipment—right next to the entrance to the Mojave National Preserve. It would scrape the land bare of native vegetation. And—shockingly, in …

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A4DP Opposes Soda Mountain Power Grab

The Alliance for Desert Preservation is actively opposing the Soda Mountain Solar Project, recently approved by the BLM despite vehement local opposition. The Alliance has begun a petitioning campaign in the High Desert to protest this egregious example of the federal government not listening to local input. Our elected representatives in San Bernardino County have already told the BLM that …

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Speak Out This Week to Save Our Desert

Tired of seeing our beautiful desert spoiled with industrial-scale wind and solar projects? We have a great opportunity to speak up. This week San Bernardino County is running  five “public outreach” meetings about renewable energy policy. There are good ways to make clean power WITHOUT more scarring of the desert and mountain slopes. Let’s tell the county that our desert home isn’t …

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Coolwater-Lugo: On the Way Out

To the thousands of people who spoke up against the Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project—at meetings, and in letters and petitions: Great job! The California Public Utilities Commission is one step away from turning the project down. On April 20, 2015, the CPUC issued a Proposed Decision to deny the project, finding that the applicant, Southern California Edison, can no longer point …

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BIG Bump in the Road for Coolwater-Lugo

Southern California Edison has long pleaded that it needed its proposed Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project so that the Mojave Solar Project could reach “full deliverability.” Only problem: Now CAISO—the body in charge of planning for California’s transmission needs—says that Mojave Solar can reach full deliverability without Coolwater-Lugo. That’s not all. CAISO reports that some old generating units are going off-line, letting …

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It’s Time to Speak Out on the DRECP

The comment period for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is drawing to a close. The DRECP will be the guiding document for renewable energy in the California desert for many years. It aims to streamline utility-scale renewable energy projects on more than 2 million acres of California desert, while purporting to contain a conservation aspect. But “utility scale” and …

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San Bernardino County Seeks Comment on DRECP Response

San Bernardino County has drafted its response to the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), and is now seeking public comment on the positions it proposes to take. County residents will have the opportunity to speak out about those positions in a special public meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Covington …

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DRECP Has Potentially Fatal Flaws—
A4DP Seeks Corrections

The Alliance for Desert Preservation has submitted a comment to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) calling attention to two serious defects in the plan that could render the entire Draft DRECP voidable. The first is the fact that there is a hidden landmine in the DRECP. On its face, the DRECP would apply to a 22.5-million-acre zone, specifically …

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VIDEO: In the Name of Green

Poet Cyrus Hadavi, an Alliance for Desert Preservation member, shares a portion of his poem “The Wind and the Sun.” The powerful poem contrasts the genuine force of sun and wind with the hypocrisy of destroying the desert to implement industrial-scale energy projects.