Shell WindEnergy Inc. announced today that the company is opting to exit the Bear River wind project that has been in the works for years.
A press release from the company states it’s withdrawing from the project due to “unfavorable market conditions and issues pertaining to the transportation logistics” of getting wind turbines into Humboldt County.
The proposed 50-megawatt project would’ve used 25 wind turbines along the ridge south of Ferndale to produce an alternative energy wind farm. Getting the wind turbines into the county would’ve involved the construction of some five miles of road, according to a previous county notice.
The company’s press release states it is stopping all of its development activities — including community consultation, project and transmission design, environmental impact report and environmental impact statement permitting, transportation and other environmental studies.
The wind project has been a controversial issue, especially in Ferndale and Rio Dell. While some people were in favor of the project, others didn’t want a wind farm in their backyard.
The press release said the company will continue to operate its existing wind assets and look for opportunities to expand in the future.
”The project development team would like to express our deep thanks to all of the families, community leaders and individuals who have supported the proposed project over the years,” the release said.