Tule Wind Energy Project




Variance Requests

Variance Request Submitted Variance
Location Description
001 October 26, 2012 November 2, 2012 Geotechnical Activities Use of one Type II Water Tender and one Type III Engine in-lieu of a Type VI Skid Mount pump unit.
002 May 16, 2013 May 20, 2013 Geotechnical Activities Variance 002 includes the following activities; use of additional existing roads, use of a track-mounted excavator, ability to shift small to medium sized boulders and use of a chain-saw or similar type equipment to trim vegetation
003 December 20, 2016 February 14, 2017 A-string, F-string, and G-string Realignment of access roads along the A-string, F-string, and G-string to minimize disturbance to previously undisturbed areas, to avoid impacts to sensitive environmental resources, and to accommodate construction and engineering design.
004 January 9, 2017 N/A G-string Addition of seven areas outside of the previously approved limits of disturbance to allow for the relocation of boulders along the G-string for project constructability. This variance request has been combined with 006.
005 February 9, 2017 February 23, 2017 Temporary Laydown Yards 9 and 11 The use of generators to provide power for up to four Conex storage trailers including:
Two Conex trailers and one generator within the 2-acre laydown yard (Yard 9) off of McCain Valley Road.
Two Conex trailers and one generator within the 2-acre laydown yard (Yard 11) located off the H-string access road.
006 March 24, 2017 April 24, 2017 Project Wide Allows for Tule Wind LLC and the BLM field team to approve, on a case-by-case basis, specific project-related activities within a 20-foot-buffer outside the limits of disturbance approved in the 2016 Plan of Development.
007 March 3, 2017 April 14, 2017 Project Access Roads Addition of small impact areas for the installation of riprap associated with 48 culverts along project access roads.
008 March 24, 2017 April 18, 2017 2-Acre Laydown Yard (Laydown Yard 6) Addition of a concrete batch plant facility in an existing 2-acre laydown yard.
009 March 28, 2017 May 16, 2017 Project Wide Includes additional temporary areas needed for turbine installation for blade overhang areas, Nacelle tagline areas, and turbine top section staging areas.
010 March 29, 2017 June 14, 2017 McCain Valley Road Includes additional areas needed for constructability and safety associated with travel along McCain Valley Road near the Lark Canyon Campground and off-highway vehicle (OHV) staging area.
011 April 7, 2017 April 24, 2017 Laydown Yards 9 and 11 Relocation of office trailers from San Diego County land to laydown yards 9 and 11.
012 April 20, 2017 May 24, 2017 McCain Valley Road Includes widening portions of McCain Valley Road at three specific areas for constructability and safety during construction.
013 Revised June 13, 2017 June 21, 2017 Overhead Collection Line Includes adjustments to the overhead collector line pole locations, associated access roads, and construction areas to reduce impacts to recently identified environmentally sensitive areas.
014 Revised July 3, 2017 July 27, 2017 Project Wide Includes additional pull areas for wire pulling along the transmission and collector lines, the use and widening of an existing access road, and shifting of a transmission line structure.
015 June 16, 2017 July 12, 2017 Turbine B-5 Requests turbine B-5 to be approved as an alternate turbine that would replace an approved turbine, should it be determined necessary.
016 July 7, 2017 July 12, 2017 McCain Valley Road Requests a change in the means for installing underground collector line under McCain Valley Road from boring to trenching.
017 Submitted
June 25, 2018;
August 24, 2018
September 7, 2018 Project Wide Requested to rectify the difference in road widths between the Project plans and widths observed on the ground.
018 February 24, 2020 April 8, 2020 McCain Valley Road Requested extending the work area beyond the previously approved limits of disturbance to implement erosion control improvements.















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