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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.

January 22, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Two Biden priorities, climate and conservation, collide in the California desert

The Trump administration left President Biden a dilemma in the California desert: a plan to remove protections from millions of acres of public lands and open vast areas to solar and wind farms. Biden’s team could easily block the proposed changes, which were slammed by conservationists as a last-gasp effort by the outgoing administration to support private industry at the expense of wildlife habitat and treasured landscapes. But even if Trump’s 11th-hour proposal goes nowhere, it offers a preview of . . . Complete story »

January 15, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Report explains why California power grid couldn’t take the heat in 2020

Renewable energies have not kept pace to meet the demand for energy consumption in California — especially in the evening hours. The power generated by solar and wind power begins to teeter off in the late afternoon at a faster rate than the demand decreases, according to the report. “This is because air conditioning and other load previously being served by solar comes back on the bulk electric system,” the report stated. Complete story »

January 5, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Calexico man identified as victim of fatal 100-foot fall inside Whitewater turbine

A 52-year-old Calexico man was identified as the victim of a fatal fall that occurred Wednesday inside a wind turbine in Whitewater, investigators said. Mario Contreras Jr. died in the incident that was reported just after 11 a.m. Wednesday in an area west of Highway 62, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported Contreras fell 100 feet near near 59-967 16th Avenue and his death is under investigation. The agency reported Contreras . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

FAA reverses approval of Campo Wind project

The Federal Aviation Administration has reversed its earlier approval of the controversial Campo Wind project and related Boulder Brush Facilities. The project would erect 60 wind turbines, each 586 feet tall, on tribal land close to tribal and non-tribal homes in rural East County. (image, left) In its remand letter dated Dec. 2, the FAA admitted to errors in its aeronautical study proceess. The action comes in response to a petition for review raised by the nonprofit Backcountry Against Dumps . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project kicks off webinar series Thursday

The company that wants to build a controversial wind-energy project in eastern Shasta County is inviting the public to join a series of webinars to learn more about the project. ConnectGen wants to build the project, called Fountain Wind, on nearly 4,500 acres six miles west of Burney and one mile west of the existing Hatchet Ridge wind project. The company says the wind farm would produce 216 megawatts and generate low-cost wind energy for Californians. “The Fountain Wind Project . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2020 • California, New Jersey, Ohio, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Cities pass all-renewable plans: A grid threat?

Ballot initiatives that empower cities to seek all-renewable electricity were approved by voters in Ohio and New Jersey last week, marking the spread of a popular idea that has also raised concerns about the impact on the grid. The approved measures will establish new community choice aggregation (CCA) programs in the cities of Columbus, Ohio, and East Brunswick, N.J. Those programs give municipal officials authority to take the lead in contracting with suppliers of wind and solar energy, with the . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

For Arianna Punzalan, protecting California Condors is close to the heart

Arianna Punzalan spent her childhood hiking the hills of Central California. As she grew older she developed an interest in endangered species and even adopted a manatee; in high school, she preferred biology classes. Above all, Punzalan knew she wanted a career in science. But the idea of studying wildlife never occurred to her. Like many first generation Filipinx-Americans with an interest in science, she expected to go into medicine, the crowning achievement in the eyes many Filipinx immigrant parents. . . . Complete story »

October 10, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Navy back on board with offshore wind near Morro Bay, SLO County congressman says

Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal announced last week that the public comment period on a proposed offshore wind development off the Central Coast has now closed – and with a new commitment from the Navy in hand. With the Energy Commission comment period closed, Carbajal has called on the Offshore Wind Working Group to reconvene and move forward with negotiations on a leasing area for the development. “Now that the public comment period is over and the Navy has indicated their . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Review period for Fountain Wind farm proposed in Shasta County extended

The draft EIR can be reviewed online at www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/drm/planning/eir/fountain-wind-project/draft-eir, or by appointment at local libraries, Hill Country Community Clinic and Shasta County Resource Management. Complete story »

October 2, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Bureau of Land Management approves repowering wind farm near Palm Springs

The Bureau of Land Management’s Palm Springs office on Wednesday granted final approval for the overhaul of a wind farm that sits 1.5 miles north of the Whitewater community and has been met with opposition from nearby homeowners for years. First constructed in 1983, the 30-megawatt, 401-acre wind farm generates electricity via about 460 relatively small turbines, many so old they rise from the hillsides via black, metal lattice structures. The operation is owned by Toronto-based Brookfield Renewable Energy, which . . . Complete story »

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