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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


February 15, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Message to supervisors: Hands off public lands

JOSHUA TREE – Residents urged county supervisors to act in defense of rural communities against the development of large-scale solar and wind energy projects during the board of supervisors meeting Tuesday. Some spoke directly to board members at their meeting in San Bernardino. Others address the board via video link from Hesperia and Joshua Tree. All were concerned that federal officials recently embarked on a reconsideration of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. They urged the county’s board members to speak . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM schedules meetings to consider changes to DRECP

Less than two weeks after the Trump administration threatened to scrap a major agreement that sought to protect millions of acres of the California desert by placing sensitive areas off-limits to industrial-grade solar- and wind-energy installations, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will host public meetings to consider changes to the plan. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) covers more than 10.8 million acres, a large percentage in San Bernardino County. It was designed to guide renewable . . . Complete story »


February 2, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

In stunning reversal, Trump could open California desert to more solar and wind farms

In an unexpected announcement with potentially dramatic consequences for the California desert, the Trump administration said Thursday it will reconsider an Obama-era conservation plan that blocks energy development across millions of acres stretching from the Mexican border to the Owens Valley and encourages solar and wind farms in more limited areas. The sweeping land-use plan, which took eight years to complete, was hailed by conservationists as a historic victory for the desert’s fragile ecosystems, which are home to bighorn sheep, . . . Complete story »


February 2, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

DRECP to be undone?: Trump administration takes aim at California desert protection plan

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is threatening to scrap a major Obama-era agreement that sought to protect millions of acres of the California desert by placing sensitive areas off-limits to major solar- and wind-energy installations. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan covers more than 10.8 million acres, a large percentage in San Bernardino County, and was designed to guide energy facilities to parcels where they are least likely to cause environmental damage. The administration’s announcement that it will reconsider the plan . . . Complete story »


February 2, 2018 • Blogs, CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Trump planning to hand over desert wildlands to industry

The Trump Administration is expected to initiate an administrative process this week likely intended to undo protections for public lands in the California desert and allow more large-scale renewable energy projects and mining. A notice of intent filed by the Department of Interior indicates that its plans to weaken the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) are driven by unspecified “public concerns,” but particularly states that Interior wants to review limitations that the DRECP places on large-scale renewable energy projects, . . . Complete story »


February 2, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Interior proposal throws doubt on Calif. renewable zone

The Interior Department is exploring making wholesale changes to a massive California desert renewable energy zone that could lead to opening environmentally sensitive areas designated for conservation to possible commercial-scale wind, solar and geothermal power projects. The goal is to allow more of the 10.8 million acres of federal lands within the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) zone to host large-scale renewables development, in accordance with President Trump’s call to remove regulatory “burdens” that hamper increased domestic energy production. . . . Complete story »


February 2, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Trump administration takes aim at California desert protection plan

The Trump administration is threatening to scrap a major Obama-era agreement that sought to protect millions of acres of the California desert by placing sensitive areas off-limits to major solar- and wind-energy installations. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan covers more than 10.8 million acres and was designed to guide energy facilities to parcels where they are least likely to cause environmental damage. The administration’s announcement that it will reconsider the plan touched off an immediate backlash in the West. . . . Complete story »


January 27, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Will the Navy sink plans for wind farms off Morro Bay?

Plans to build arrays of wind turbines off Morro Bay and tie them into transmission infrastructure on the Central Coast could be torpedoed by an unlikely source: the U.S. Navy. In response to growing interest in developing wind farms off California, the Navy in August published a map that shows where wind-energy projects and Navy and Marine Corps operations would overlap. At least at first blush, the outlook doesn’t look good for San Luis Obispo County, where offshore power could . . . Complete story »


January 25, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Tule Wind Farm now producing electricity

“It’s very sad to hear the project is up and running,” said April Maurath Sommer, executive director of the Protect Our Communities Foundation. “We really support the transition to a cleaner grid but it should be a cleaner grid that is truly sustainable and projects that are particularly hard on imperiled wildlife and in areas that are undeveloped and have a unique, pristine habitat are not sustainable.” Complete story »


January 5, 2018 • California, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind turbine project endangers all that makes our regional beautiful

So it looks like the Shasta-Cascade Wonderland is going to take another giant step in the direction of industrialization just like the rest of California. At this rate Shasta County will look just like Altamont, Tehachapi or the Columbia River gorge in no time. Have any of the county supervisors actually visited these mega-wind farms? I’m trying to imagine a project that would dwarf the existing Hatchett Ridge turbines. One hundred new turbines close to 200 feet taller than those . . . Complete story »


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