I presented an update on eminent domain/redevelopment issues making their way through the legislature at this week's IRWA Chapter 67 (Orange County) monthly meeting, and I've received a few follow-up requests for more information. So I decided it was probably worthwhile to put all the information here on the Nossaman blog.
- Status of California Redevelopment Agencies: It's now been several weeks since the attempted Assembly votes, where Governor Brown's attempt to eliminate redevelopment agencies fell one vote short. The Governor needs the $2.2 billion in ...
According to an article in this week's New York Times, "Solar Power Plants to Rise on U.S. Land," the United States has approved two large solar power plants to be built on federal lands. This is the first time such large plants will be built on federal land, and both are slated for California.
The first plant is proposed by Tessera Solar and will be built on 6,360 acres in the Imperial Valley. The second plant is proposed by Chevron Energy and will be built on 422 acres in the Lucerne Valley. When completed, the two projects could generate enough energy to power as many as 566,000 ...
Earlier this week, Chino Hills voted 3-0 (with two members abstaining for conflict reasons) to appeal an earlier court ruling that the Public Utilities Commission has "exclusive jurisdiction with regard to the right-of-way property rights issue between the City and SCE regarding the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project route through Chino Hills."
Southern California Edison's Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is a massive, $1.8 billion project designed, in large part, to connect wind farms in the Tehachapi area to the main electrical grid. The project ...
Both Chapters 57 and 67 of the IRWA have June meetings upcoming (their last meetings before the summer hiatus). Details are:
- June 2, 2010: Chapter 57 is meeting at the Riverside Convention Center, located at 3443 Orange Street, Riverside. The speaker will be Ken MacVey, an eminent domain attorney with Best, Best & Krieger in Riverside. Contact Communications Chair Jan Spindler for more information.
- June 8, 2010: Chapter 67 is meeting at the Holiday Inn, Orange County Airport, located at 2726 South Grand Avenue, Santa Ana. We will have two speakers, Ricky Rodriguez from Caltrans ...
Yesterday, I chaired the International Right of Way Association Chapter 67 (Orange County) spring seminar, focused on the interrelationship between renewable energy, right-of-way acquisitions, and eminent domain. It was a great success. For those of you who were in attendance -- or for those of you that missed the seminar but would like a recap -- all of the speakers were generous enough to allow us to make their presentations available.
- Dave Kilpatrick's presentation, titled "Energy Independence -- the Impossible Dream?" [PDF], focused on our nation's overall ...
Next week, I'm speaking at the IRWA Chapter 67 Spring Seminar, which is focused on renewable energy issues. So it was pretty timely when I came across an article this week involving efforts in Wyoming to curtail eminent domain power to address that state's push for increased renewable energy.
According to a Casper Star-Tribune article by Dustin Bleizeffer, Wind boom inspires another look at state's eminent domain laws: Crossing private property, Wyoming has seen a wave of efforts to use eminent domain to acquire right of way for "collector lines," used to connect wind turbines to ...
Just a reminder about two upcoming events that you may be interested in attending:
- On May 5, IRWA Chapter 57 (Riverside/Inland Empire) will hold its monthly meeting at the Riverside Convention Center. The speaker is Carol Brooks, and her topic is "Conflict Management: How to Stay Cool in the Heat of Conflict." Sounds like an interesting topic for all you right-of-way folks and relocation consultants that regularly deal with property and business owners facing eminent domain and relocation.
- On May 11, IRWA Chapter 67 (Orange County) will hold its annual ...
On May 11, Chapter 67 of the IRWA (Orange County) is hosting a half-day seminar focused on the interrelationship between renewable energy, right-of-way acquisitions, and eminent domain. If tying renewable energy to eminent domain sounds like a bit of a stretch, you apparently haven't been following all the recent news about the struggle to entitle and build renewable energy projects. Just yesterday, the White House Blog featured a profile on federal energy policies entitled Building a New Foundation for Energy and the Environment.
Between the project facility itself and the ...
If you are an eminent domain attorney, a right-of-way agent, or an appraiser working in Southern California, you will have ample opportunities to expand your horizons (or at least your networking circles) in April. Here's just a sampling of what's coming up locally:
- April 12-13: CLE International is holding its 12th Annual Eminent Domain Conference at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles. If you're looking for two full days of hearing about eminent domain . . . you probably need help. But if you are, this is a great program, with a number of top speakers.
- April 13: IRWA Chapter 67 ...
We've previously reported on some of the major renewable energy projects currently underway, such as Southern California Edison's Tehachapi Renewable Energy Transmission Line Project and GE's plans to design the largest wind farm in the world. After a major planning effort, it appears that another renewable energy project -- the Sunrise Powerlink project -- may be moving forward as well.
According to a March 7 San Diego Union Tribune article by Onell Soto, the 123-mile, $1.88 billion Sunrise Powerlink project has obtained approval from the Public Utilities Commission ...
We've previously reported on the increase in renewable energy projects in California, such as Southern California Edison's ("SCE") Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project. When it comes to wind farms, General Electric now takes the cake: it has brokered a $1.4 billion contract to supply wind turbines and services for a wind farm that would be larger than any wind farm currently in operation in the world.
According to a December 10 Bloomberg article GE Wins $1.4 Billion Order for Oregon Wind Farm, the 338-turbine wind farm will stretch across 30 square miles in ...
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