The Coalition for Community Friendly Power Facilities (CCFPF) is a group involved in evaluating and providing alternatives to proposed power facilities through the Spanish Springs Valley Ranches area of Spanish Springs, Nevada. We believe that alternatives are required because of the visual and economic impacts of the proposed high voltage transmission line on the neighborhoods it crosses. We also believe that Sierra Pacific Power (SPP), the company intent on building the line, is not interested in evaluating alternatives to their proposal. We (CCFPF) have proposed a number of alternatives to the SPP line that are more aesthetically pleasing and/or which are cheaper for the power company to build. We aren't simply seeking to transfer negative impacts to other neighborhoods.
We aren't Luddites, but we're also not willing to believe that an overhead high voltage transmission line through our Valley is the best alternative. We don't believe it needs to come through our bucolic neighborhood, destroying the neighborhood's views, while servicing a load center miles away. Look here for our alternatives to the Sierra Pacific Power route. For simplicity, the term "power line", as used in the rest of this web site, refers to a transmission power line, typically of 120 kV or greater capacity.
Rather than force you here to read through the history of how CCFPF came to be, follow the History link if you'd like the details. In short, we formed in order to fight the power line being proposed by Sierra Pacific Power through our neighborhood. In doing so, we discovered a number of alternative routes that fit all the goodness criteria we could find about the power line AND, in many cases. would be cheaper to build than the SPP proposal.
First, take a look at the visual impact of the preferred route, put together by the CCFPF's co-chair, Howard Lambert, Ph. D. It's clear that the 60+ foot poles required for this line will strongly impact the visual appeal of the neighborhood as it exists today. To give you a feeling for that impact, we've simulated the lines in the picture to the right; the current (much shorter) pole top can just be seen above the cross arm on the bigger pole.
Second, take a look at the alternative routes we've proposed. Although we don't have these lovely graphic renditions of the alternate routes, most of them add no new poles along private property, avoiding the impacts we are so concerned about in our neighborhood. Most of them are cheaper (using our evaluations, found in the Alternatives Details section).
As a part of the process of researching routes and justifying them, CCFPF has
gathered a large amount of background information about various parts of the
power line building process. That information can be found on the Background
If you feel moved to action by the specter of a power line running through your neighborhood, you can help us in our fight to get alternative routes evaluated by county planning authorities. Please download this letter, modify it to include your information on it, print it, sign it, and send it to your Washoe Country Commissioner and the BLM. For those of us in the Spanish Springs area, our Commissioner is Joanne Bond.
If you'd like to do more, please contact us; there's always something that needs to be done!
If you're outside the area of impact for this project, but you think you can use the material included on this website, feel free to: 1) link to the website, or 2) use this material, and include attribution to CCFPF in your use of it. If you are using it, please let use know; e-mail works great. Conversely, if you've fought this kind of battle before and have material you think we might use, please let us know!
Howard Lambert and Lois Avery are the co-chairs of the Coalition for Community Friendly Power Facilities. The CCFPF can be reached at:
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