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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

September 19, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

In the Balance: Local enviro groups ‘insist’ on changes to wind farm project

Seven local environmental groups have signed onto a letter to the Humboldt County Planning Department demanding changes to a proposed wind farm project that would place dozens of large turbines on two ridgelines south of Rio Dell. The letter – signed by some of the North Coast’s environmental heavyweights – comes as the the large, San Diego-based renewable energy company Terra-Gen’s wind project is in the final throes of the Environmental Impact Report process. Humboldt County Planning Director John Ford said the . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy plan may bring more solar, wind power to Santa Barbara County

A Strategic Energy Plan adopted by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors could allow the development of projects to provide power to critical facilities during disasters and public safety power shutdowns, make the county more energy independent, give ranchers a way to supplement their income and increase the use of renewable resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The primary power generation source envisioned by the plan would be solar, but the potential for utility-scale wind energy projects would also . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Harm from Strauss wind project is unnecessary

Santa Barbara Audubon Society supports renewable energy production, including wind energy. However, wind farms that are not properly planned, sited, and operated can have a devastating effect on the environment, especially on birds. A recent opinion piece in the Independent by a consultant on projects like this one gives a false and misleading impression of the environmental impact of the Strauss Wind Energy Project (SEP). In fact, the impacts of the Strauss project to birds and trees would be significant . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. Navy may be warming to Central Coast offshore wind energy development

Recently there’s been behind-the-scenes movement in the effort to bring offshore wind energy development to the Central Coast. Local, federal and state politicians last week held a private meeting at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert McMahon. They were there to discuss proposed offshore wind energy; ever since the company Trident Winds – now named Castle Wind – proposed building a wind farm off the coast of Morro Bay in 2015, the Department of Defense has . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

If Morro Bay gets a wind farm, here’s who would buy the electricity

Though a firm decision is still likely a year away, some of the key players in a plan to make the Morro Bay coast home to a mass of floating wind turbines are getting their ducks in a row now. On Thursday, Castle Wind LLC announced it has entered into an agreement with a Community Choice Energy agency, Monterey Bay Community Power, outlining their shared interests in establishing a floating offshore wind project off the Central California coast. According to . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

If towering wind turbines come to Central Coast ocean waters, how visible would they be?

San Luis Obispo County could one day see large collections of behemoth floating turbines spinning off its shores as the federal government explores the ocean’s potential as a source of wind energy generation. The idea of possibly hundreds of turbines as tall as 700 feet has attracted interest from several companies, while the U.S. Navy considers whether the industry is compatible with its operations off the coast. Many questions remain to be resolved before anything is built, but there’s one . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Rising electricity prices are coming

California continues to lead the nation in mandating the deployment of wind and solar power. Unfortunately, that translates into rising electricity costs that are now poised to climb higher. It’s a development that should concern families in every state. Since 2011, electricity prices in California have jumped 30 percent – the most expensive in the western United States. And there’s no sign that this steady increase will ease. While California’s renewable energy targets are particularly aggressive, they’re not the outlier one . . . Complete story »

July 23, 2019 • California, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Comments filed on proposed Walker Ridge Wind Farm

Today I filed 123 pages of comments with the BLM in Ukiah* regarding the proposed Walker Ridge Wind Farm. All of my comments go to the core process of the project’s Environmental Impact Review [EIR]. In my comments I ask that the developer in its EIR report provide proof, means and methods backed by data, to support their assertion of zero harm to Lake County’s wildlife, lakes and streams, and specifically that all Mercury on Walker Ridge (ore in the . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2019 • California, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Which way the wind blows

I am grateful that in his op-ed Greg King brought to light the financial distress Terra-Gen is experiencing at this time. (“Hook, Line and Turbine,” July 4). Their desperation to push this project through for the sake of the current tax breaks that expire in 2020 no doubt account for the rushed and incomplete DEIR they submitted. Perhaps this San Diego-based corporation sees Humboldt County as a giant GoFundMe site where we are expected to donate/sacrifice our natural beauty and . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Citizens opposed to industrialized wind turbines submit moratorium request to Shasta County Board of Supervisors

The Citizens in Opposition to the Fountain Wind Project (CIO FWP) is a Citizens’ Action Group that is working to stop the proposed Fountain Wind Project in Shasta County. Many residents and communities in Shasta County do not know there is yet another Industrial Wind Turbine project (The Fountain Wind Project) that is more than twice as many turbines of the Hatchet Ridge Development which will encompass about 30-43 thousand acres located in the forested regions which are rated High . . . Complete story »

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