Each day this week, the Desert Dispatch will run responses to several questions put to candidates running for two seats on the Barstow City Council. Each day, answers to a different questions will run. The candidates were given a word limit, and their responses have not been edited.
How do you see the proposed renewable energy projects affecting Barstow?
Renewable energy is the Industry of the future. We need to keep in mind the character of Barstow. There is plenty of available space for companies to bring more and better paying jobs to Barstow. We need to find a compromise that works for the residents as well as the companies
The renewble energy projects depending on their location affect Barstow differently. The Ivanpah Project near Primm provides short-term employment but benefits Nevada more then Barstow because of its location. The power grid will benefit Los Angeles County and not lower out utility bill. The proposed Newberry Project will also provide short-term employment but the plants do not create sufficient long-term employment. They will not provide sufficient revenue to benefit in long term.
Some projects will help Barstow, some won't. We need to take a good look at each project to evaluate its effects.
Of course, the private sector is the most qualified to engineer such projects so they should be allowed to progress with minimal local interference.
Major projects requiring large land masses need to be located outside the city. The City needs its land available for housing, as well as commercial, and municipal service use.