Responding to Public Outcry, Inyo County Supervisors Take More Time to Consider Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment

The following is a press release from, which, like the Manzanar Committee, is fighting against the construction of large-scale renewable energy development in the Owens Valley, including any such development that would intrude upon the viewshed of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

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INDEPENDENCE, CA — On March 11, following enormous public outcry from concerned residents and business owners throughout the County, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors decided to take more time in considering the scope of the Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment (REGPA), turning their March 18 decision-making meeting into a “workshop.”

The Supervisors will delay any decisions on moving REGPA forward until April 1, giving the public additional time for comment.

Community members thanked the Board for agreeing to further deliberation, underscoring the gravity of the decision to rezone nearly 1,000 square miles of conservation and agricultural land as industrial.

Deepest Valley and Owens Valley Committee members plan to attend the March 18 Board of Supervisors Meeting and “workshop” in order that public input be considered early on during the Supervisors’ deliberations, well in advance of the Board’s April 1 decision.

Those present reiterated their strong support for Inyo County renewables within the built environment and at the point of use, while protecting Inyo County’s dramatic landscapes and tourism-dependent economy.

Further exploration of these concepts as they apply to both Inyo County and the City of Los Angeles will take place at the Owens Valley Committee’s Annual Fundraiser featuring Solar Engineer Bill Powers of Solar Done Right, on March 22, 5:00-8:00 PM at Mountain Light Gallery, in Bishop.


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