Green projects hit snags in Idaho

Greener energy sources such as geothermal wells and sprawling wind farms are being touted as the nation's environmentally friendly answer to energy independence, but so far, alternative energy developers are finding that they face many of the same conflicts as traditional generation plants.

A geothermal plant near Weiser shares land eyed by those who propose a reservoir for flood control and irrigation storage. Wind farms south of Twin Falls conflict with sage grouse habitat, raising endangered species protection questions. And wind farms in eastern Idaho have drawn the ire of powerful human neighbors.

The conflicts demonstrate that even projects designed to reduce Idaho's carbon footprint aren't guaranteed an easy path to completion.

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