Windmills near Magic Valley

Did you know that the Magic Valley might have 2 wind turbine energy projects is its future? 

The Lava Ridge in Jerome County and Salmon Falls in Twin Falls County. 

The Taurus Winds in Gooding County is an Arevia Power project. 

All are on federal BLM land,  and are in various stages of development by Magic Valley Energy, formally known as LS Energy.

Lava Ridge is the furthest along with the environmental impact study that has been fast tracked and is due out in late summer. The 400 740’ tall turbines are twice as tall as the ones in Bliss and the blades exceed the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and is less than 2 miles away from Minidoka National Historic site. Since 2015 over 300 communities have said no to similar projects.

The Salmon Falls project would be less than 4 miles from the Clover Community.

Taurus Winds would be located between Wendell and Gooding. You are encouraged to contact your local, state and federal elected officials or BLM to voice your opinion regarding these projects or go to for more information.

What do you think about these windmill farms being built around the Magic Valley region?  Please post your comments.

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Comment thru website, select “Participate Now” then “submit”  or  comment by email at

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News Release

BLM Twin Falls District

Media Contact: Heather Tiel-Nelson, 208-308-3727 or

March 2, 2023

BLM extends comment period for Lava Ridge Wind Project in response to stakeholder feedback 

 BOISE, Idaho–The Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District will extend the public comment period for the Lava Ridge Wind Project draft environmental impact statement for an additional 30 days until April 20, 2023.

“The depth of the analysis in the impact statement has prompted many to request the public comment period be extended to allow more time for people to study the document,” said BLM Twin Falls District Manager Mike Courtney. “We are hopeful this extra time will alleviate concerns about being able to fully digest the document to allow for robust public feedback.”

The Lava Ridge Wind Project is a commercial-scale wind energy facility of up to 400 turbines proposed to be constructed on approximately 84,000 acres of Federal, State and private land about 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls in south-central Idaho. Magic Valley Energy, LLC, an affiliate of LS Power, is seeking authorization to construct the project in Jerome, Lincoln and Minidoka counties.

Substantive comments that identify factual errors, data gaps, relevant methods or scientific studies are the most helpful. Comments can be submitted the following ways:

  • The preferred way to comment is through the BLM’s ePlanning project site at Click on the “Participate Now” button to the right of the document link. Enter your comment and information, then click “Submit.”
  • Through e-mail to
  • Delivered by hand or U.S. Mail enclosed in an envelope labeled “Lava Ridge Wind Project EIS,” to Kasey Prestwich, Project Manager, BLM Shoshone Field Office, 400 West F Street, Shoshone, ID 83352.

Those who provide comments should be aware that the entire comment–including personal identifying information like their address, phone number or e-mail address–may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters may ask to have their personal identifying information withheld from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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