Wind Power News: California
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.
A major wind power project aims to capture the Central Coast’s wind and turn it into electricity. Trident Winds proposes to build a wind farm of 60 to 100 turbines off the coast, from Cayucos to north of Piedras Blancas. Trident Winds founder Alla Weinstein presented her Seattle-based company’s case for the project June 20 at the Veterans Memorial Building. Before founding Trident, she led the company that developed the WindFloat floating foundation for deep-water offshore installations. “Demand for energy . . .
Solar panels, wind farms and hydropower facilities contributed 80 percent of the energy on the largest portion of California’s power grid on May 13, a record for renewable energy sources. But can wind, solar and hydroelectric power sustain an entire electric grid full-time? The debate over when a fully-renewable energy grid will be possible continues with a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers representing more than a dozen schools and research institutions . . .
Want offshore wind turbines off La Jolla? Lobbyists, planning groups, and SDG&E debate choosing your energy
The Sustainable Energy Advisory Board is discussing community choice aggregation today. It’s a hot topic revolving around greenhouse gas emissions and whether to stay with SDG&E or create a new local government agency tasked with purchasing energy and setting utility rates. SDG&E would still deliver the electricity and send out the bills which would include charges for the city-bought energy, SDG&E’s transmission services, and a fee for no longer buying energy from SDG&E. The advisory board responsible for advising the . . .
California’s “jealous guardianship of the ocean” could slow offshore wind development off the Golden State, say developers and regulators. Offshore wind is on a much slower development curve off the US west coast than off the northeast, in large part because the continental shelf drops off rapidly along the Pacific coast compared to the shallower Atlantic waters. But things got interesting in January 2016, when the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) received its first-ever lease request for a commercial . . .
The path to a greener future in California might not be all fair winds and sunshine through Sacramento. A state senate proposal, SB100, doubles down on existing goals and would make California the second state, after Hawaii, to commit to 100 percent renewable energy and zero-carbon sources for electricity. Renewable energy companies – especially solar and energy tech firms in the Bay Area – are all in. But the bill has received a tepid response from environmentalists and opposition from utilities, oil . . .
Here in the desert, public lands are only part of the picture: As part of the Obama administration's California desert plan, several county governments have developed their own land-use plans. State and federal officials have long expected most solar and wind projects in the desert to be built on private lands administered by the counties. But so far, those county plans haven't led to much clean energy development, either. Some county governments have placed strict restrictions on solar and wind — often driven by opposition from rural communities, where many residents see energy projects as unwanted intruders that disturb pristine landscapes and disrupt gorgeous views.
Opponents of the Tule Wind Project in San Diego’s East County are taking another shot at trying to stop one portion of the wind farm that will erect turbines along the ridgeline in the McCain Valley. The Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) filed a court documents Friday with the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, claiming the federal government did not follow its own procedures when it OK’d the second phase of the Tule project. Called Tule II, . . .
Your April 26 story, “Developer pulls plug on proposed wind farm near Searchlight,” should have probably included a subhead stating, “Industry and government fraud exposed in wind farm attempt.” Conservationists took the federal Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to court, arguing the agencies hadn’t adequately analyzed the impacts to federally protected species. This statement just happens to be absolutely true. Not only for this location but at every wind farm location in America because . . .
How a wind energy facility is designed can influence the behavior of animal predators and their prey, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Wildlife Management by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists placed motion-activated cameras facing the entrances of 46 active desert tortoise burrows in a wind energy facility near Palm Springs, California. Video recordings showed that visits to burrows from five predators – bobcats, gray foxes, coyotes, black bears . . .
Two companies are eyeing the Central Coast as a promising location for the first offshore wind farm on the West Coast – a move that concerns conservationists and the local fishing industry. Their fears? Miles of underwater cables could trap whales. Constant underwater noise might interrupt sea life navigation and communication. Birds could be killed by spinning windmill blades, and access could be lost to large swaths of fishing grounds for black cod and swordfish. Federal waters off the Central Coast . . .