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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.

July 17, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Lompoc Valley wind-energy project gets a second wind

A wind energy project proposed for the Lompoc Valley has come back to life with a new name, a new applicant and a new look, but at the same site off San Miguelito Road. It’s now called the Strauss Wind Energy Project, and the environmental review process is starting with a scoping meeting planned for 6 p.m Thursday at the Lompoc City Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Plaza. The Santa Barbara Planning & Development Energy Division staff has started a . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Despite fear of Trump, California considers sharing control of power grid

A web of power lines stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific weaves all the Western states and Canadian provinces into one vast electric grid. But control of that grid is anything but unified. Thirty-eight separate organizations, known as balancing authorities, run their own portions, some as big as states, others as small as counties. The California Independent System Operator, a nonprofit corporation, controls the grid throughout most of the Golden State, its experts monitoring the flow of electricity . . . Complete story »

June 2, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Tule Wind Project back up after being offline for more than 5 weeks

The 57 turbines at the sprawling Tule Wind Project in San Diego’s East County are spinning again, after a faulty transmission line knocked the energy project offline for more than five weeks. Operations at the 131.1-megawatt wind farm shut down April 11, just three months after the facility opened following 13 years of bureaucratic and legal challenges. Officials with the project’’s operator, Avangrid Renewables, at first did not know what caused the outage but later determined an underground cable was . . . Complete story »

May 25, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Valley Clean Energy schedules June launch date

This Friday, Yolo County officials as well as those from its major cities will officially launch Valley Clean Energy, a consortium of agencies who are trying to cut power rates. It’s estimated that around 60,000 electricity customers in Woodland, Davis, and unincorporated Yolo County will have the power to choose cleaner, more cost effective electricity when the agency launches. Valley Clean Energy is the new locally governed nonprofit electricity program that is committed to delivering cost-competitive, clean and reliable electricity. . . . Complete story »

May 7, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms coming to California — but the Navy says no to large sections of the coast

Fans of renewable energy anticipate a bonanza blowing off the coast of California. But a map released by the U.S. Navy puts large swaths of the state off limits to future offshore wind farms – including all of San Diego and Los Angeles, extending up to the Central Coast. The military does not have the final say in the matter, as federal and state officials – as well as wind energy companies and at least one member of Congress – are working with . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2018 • California, Denmark, Germany, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

If solar and wind are so cheap, why are they making electricity so expensive?

Over the last year, the media have published story after story after story about the declining price of solar panels and wind turbines. People who read these stories are understandably left with the impression that the more solar and wind energy we produce, the lower electricity prices will become. And yet that’s not what’s happening. In fact, it’s the opposite. Between 2009 and 2017, the price of solar panels per watt declined by 75 percent while the price of wind . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Tule Wind Project knocked offline

The recently opened Tule Wind Project, located in part of the rugged terrain in San Diego’s East County, has been knocked offline for the past two weeks due to a faulty underground power cable. A spokesman for the wind farm’s operator, Avangrid Renewables, said the company is still trying to figure out what went wrong and when the facility will get back up and running. The outage has shut down all 57 of the giant turbines that cover an expanse . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2018 • California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

PacifiCorp challenges PUC staff in controversial $1.5B wind power bidding process

PacifiCorp is defending a $1.5 billion wind power solicitation that has come under sharp attack from Oregon Public Utility Commission staff, emphasizing that an independent evaluator that monitored the process endorsed the results as “the best viable options.” “The independent evaluator is an independent expert appointed and managed by the commission – not PacifiCorp – to ensure that the (request for proposals) process was conducted in a fair and unbiased manner and to ensure that the final shortlist projects are reasonable and . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Solano supervisors deny wind firm’s $711K tax refund claim

FAIRFIELD – Solano County supervisors rejected a wind turbine company’s tax refund claim Tuesday of nearly $711,069. County Counsel Dennis Bunting explained that the firm, Solano Wind LLC, does not think the fair market assessment should not include tax credits and other incentive amounts. Bunting said the courts have ruled against that argument. The company, which owns 55 wind turbines it purchased from the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District in 2011 and 2012, lost its appeal to the county’s Assessment Appeals Board. . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2018 • Blogs, CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Attorneys’ Fees Can Be Awarded to CEQA Litigants Hoping to Preserve Their Home Values

Successful petitioners under CEQA who are motivated to file suit, in part, by their private financial interests are not necessarily ineligible for an award of attorneys’ fees under the public interest fee statute. Heron Bay Homeowners Association v. City of San Leandro, 19 Cal. App. 5th 376 (2018). Halus Power Systems sought approval from the City of San Leandro for a zoning variance to construct a 100-foot-tall wind turbine on a five-acre industrial parcel. The property is located in the . . . Complete story »

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