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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.

March 18, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

By ordering new land-use plan, Trump could spark a fight in California deserts

It looks like a barren no man’s land, but the vast desert outside Indio, Calif., has many suitors. Conservationists see its acres of creosote bush and cholla cactus as a rare habitat for tortoises, pronghorn antelope and an elusive variety of mule deer. Energy companies view its sunbaked plains and windswept ridgelines as prime perches for solar panels and wind turbines. Dirt tracks that wiggle across its sandy washes are testament to its popularity among off-road motorsports enthusiasts. Until last . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • California, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Bureau of Land Management to review massive wind farm planned near Searchlight

Less than a year after plans were dropped for a controversial wind farm near Searchlight, an even larger and more contentious project in the same area is advancing through the permitting process. The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to conduct an environmental review of a Swedish developer’s proposal to build as many as 220 wind turbines across a 22-mile swath of the Nevada-California border west of Searchlight. The turbines would be at least 410 feet tall – roughly the same . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind resource in Humboldt is phenomenal’: Local experts look into area wind energy feasibility

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is looking into the feasibility of providing Humboldt County with some of its energy needs through offshore wind turbines. On top of seeking partners, the authority also wants to assemble a new community advisory committee to give input on the project as it moves forward, RCEA Community Strategies Manager and open house coordinator Nancy Stephenson said. The board will formally decide on project partners and the committee members at its next meeting March 19, she . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Off-shore windmills proposed for North Coast

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is making moves toward creating wind turbines to begin a wind energy industry on the North Coast. According to the energy authority’s executive director, Matthew Marshall, they have already begun requesting proposals for companies who would work with them to build and manage the turbines. “Humboldt County has one of the best offshore wind resources in the entire country,” Marshall said. ” So if you look at the overall potential for wind energy, our offshore . . . Complete story »

March 3, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California could build ‘renewable engine on the West Coast’ under new energy bill

They were defeated in Sacramento each of the past two years. But supporters of a hotly debated plan to expand California’s power grid to other western states aren’t giving up. Under a new proposal being drafted by Chris Holden, who chairs the state Assembly’s utilities and energy committee, California would organize a regional grid that could eventually cover the entire western United States. Supporters say a regional grid would make it easier for California to meet its climate change goals . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Customer empowerment upheaval forces California into hold on renewables

California is conducting what may be the most ambitious electricity customer empowerment experiment ever done anywhere; whether it will work remains very much in doubt. The state is the national leader in both utility-scale solar and distributed solar capacities and fourth in the nation in wind capacity. Yet California’s dominant investor-owned utilities (IOUs) procured zero new MW of renewable energy capacity in 2017. And a preliminary plan released in January by state regulators proposes almost no 2018 procurement. But the . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Message to supervisors: Hands off public lands

JOSHUA TREE – Residents urged county supervisors to act in defense of rural communities against the development of large-scale solar and wind energy projects during the board of supervisors meeting Tuesday. Some spoke directly to board members at their meeting in San Bernardino. Others address the board via video link from Hesperia and Joshua Tree. All were concerned that federal officials recently embarked on a reconsideration of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. They urged the county’s board members to speak . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM schedules meetings to consider changes to DRECP

Less than two weeks after the Trump administration threatened to scrap a major agreement that sought to protect millions of acres of the California desert by placing sensitive areas off-limits to industrial-grade solar- and wind-energy installations, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will host public meetings to consider changes to the plan. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) covers more than 10.8 million acres, a large percentage in San Bernardino County. It was designed to guide renewable . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

In stunning reversal, Trump could open California desert to more solar and wind farms

In an unexpected announcement with potentially dramatic consequences for the California desert, the Trump administration said Thursday it will reconsider an Obama-era conservation plan that blocks energy development across millions of acres stretching from the Mexican border to the Owens Valley and encourages solar and wind farms in more limited areas. The sweeping land-use plan, which took eight years to complete, was hailed by conservationists as a historic victory for the desert’s fragile ecosystems, which are home to bighorn sheep, . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

DRECP to be undone?: Trump administration takes aim at California desert protection plan

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is threatening to scrap a major Obama-era agreement that sought to protect millions of acres of the California desert by placing sensitive areas off-limits to major solar- and wind-energy installations. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan covers more than 10.8 million acres, a large percentage in San Bernardino County, and was designed to guide energy facilities to parcels where they are least likely to cause environmental damage. The administration’s announcement that it will reconsider the plan . . . Complete story »

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