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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.


November 17, 2017 • California, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Not a good idea to repurpose wind turbines

I am skeptical of the proposition that the Tehachapi area’s old, small and obsolete wind turbines can be repurposed to other properties to any economic benefit. (“Smaller wind turbines could be reused, reader explains,” Nov. 15) • Point one: Many are inoperative. It costs more to make them work than any benefit to be gained from them. That’s why they stand idle now. The tax benefit having expired, maintenance no longer is justified. For those that still work, why would . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2017 • California, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Trump admin might finance massive wind project

Whether North America’s largest wind power project gets off the ground may rest with President Trump, a man who has railed against wind turbines for killing birds and whose top energy priority is boosting the coal industry. At issue is whether Trump will tell a federal utility to avoid becoming financially involved in a 700-mile transmission line carrying power from a proposed wind farm in Wyoming with 1,000 turbines to Southern California. The public utility, the Western Area Power Administration, . . . Complete story »


October 21, 2017 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

California city councils choose wildlife deaths over fracking

The San Luis Obispo, Goleta, Berkeley, and Arcata city councils passed resolutions this past month opposing oil and natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking). By taking this action, the California city councils are choosing to support an environmental catastrophe in the name of opposing oil and natural gas. Two common themes presented in the city council resolutions are a desire to protect wildlife and a concern over global warming. For example, the San Luis Obispo resolution asserts, “President Trump . . . Complete story »


September 18, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Democrats kill bill to require all renewable energy in California by 2046

After facing late opposition from labor unions, a measure to require utility companies to use renewable energy for all of the retail electricity sold in the state faltered in the final week of the legislative session. Senate Bill 100, introduced by Sen. President Pro Tem Kevin de León, calls for all retail electricity sold in the state by utility companies to come from renewable energy and zero-carbon sources by 2046. The measure also accelerates the timeline to hit interim targets . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California clean energy proposals face demise as opposition fails to yield

California has grown accustomed to setting benchmark after benchmark on environmental policies, but ambitious efforts to spread renewable energy around the state and the region could grind to a halt this week. One proposal, Senate Bill 100 from Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), would phase out fossil fuels for generating electricity within three decades. The other, Assembly Bills 762 and 813, would lay the groundwork for a regional electricity grid that could make it easier to . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Power grid expansion plan withdrawn amid political backlash

The late-session plan to restructure management of the California power grid skidded to a halt Wednesday in the wake of growing opposition from interest groups and a spate of negative publicity. While lobbyists and advocacy groups spent much of the week pressing for passage or defeat of the proposal long-backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the lawmaker who introduced the bill withdrew his dual measures early in the afternoon. Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, said he was not abandoning the idea of . . . Complete story »


September 13, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers consider regional power grid

SACRAMENTO >> A pair of late-hour bills would pave the way for California to make a sweeping change to its power grid, linking it to other states and allowing new electricity exports and imports. The rushed legislation, introduced Friday by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, would overhaul rules for entering energy-sharing agreements with other western states. It comes with a flurry of end-of-session environmental bills and may be negotiated with a “100 percent clean energy” bill carried by Senate Leader Kevin . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers move to add other states to oversight of California’s electric grid

Under the banner of clean energy growth, lawmakers are working to change oversight of the state’s power grid to include other Western states – a move critics say will surrender California’s control over its own electricity system. On Monday, lawmakers began reviewing a series of amendments introduced late Friday by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to alter the structure of the governing body that oversees the California Independent System Operator, the organization that runs the electric grid for much of the state. . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2017 • California, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

California is aiming for 100% clean energy. How much of it will come from Wyoming wind?

State lawmakers are hammering out a bill that would pave the way for California to import more wind energy from Wyoming and export more solar power to other western states, potentially saving homes and businesses billions of dollars on their electric bills. The last-minute legislation would see California give up sole control of the state’s power grid, which critics say could give conservative officials in Utah and Wyoming influence over the Golden State’s energy mix – a major concern for some . . . Complete story »


September 5, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Heap of climate, energy bills touted as ‘message’ to Trump

California lawmakers are poised to enact a slew of clean energy and climate laws in the next two weeks that are partly motivated by fear of federal rollbacks. State lawmakers are positioning themselves as the counterpoint to the Trump administration with a package of bills to enshrine Obama-era environmental laws in state code and preserve federal data on climate change and other environmental issues, as well as a bill to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard. Supporters of those measures . . . Complete story »


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