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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.


November 20, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

The National Audubon Society sues Bay Area county over new wind turbine project: ‘A population sink’

The National Audubon Society is suing Alameda County over its recent approval of a controversial new wind turbine facility at Altamont Pass. It’s been described as a “poorly planned project” that’s a threat to birds and bats in the area due to its lack of sufficient environmental review, according to a press release shared by the organization Wednesday. Commissioned in 1981, The Altamont Pass wind farm was one of the first of its kind in the country and is also . . . Complete story »


November 13, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Massive Morro Bay offshore wind farm proposal starts environmental review. What’s next?

The federal government has officially designated a massive area for floating offshore wind turbines to potentially be built in the Pacific Ocean off California’s Central Coast, according to an announcement on Friday. The announcement means the federal government can begin the next phase in the process: an environmental review. The Morro Bay wind energy area – located about 20 miles off the coast of San Simeon and Cambria – is slated to encompass 376 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, or about . . . Complete story »


November 6, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

State Lands Commission OKs further study of proposed Vandenberg offshore energy farms

A pair of floating wind farms proposed for state waters off the coast of Vandenberg Space Force Base will undergo further environmental analysis despite multiple concerns, including from the local fishing industry. The California State Lands Commission last month voted to direct staff to hire a consultant to conduct the environmental impact report on the pilot projects involving a total of eight floating wind turbine generators before any decision about whether to grant the leases. Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists, Native Americans and fishermen blast Vandenberg offshore wind project

The state’s biggest environmental groups, local tribes and area fishermen are all blasting a small pilot offshore wind project proposed along the Vandenberg Space Force Base coast. While acknowledging the need to address climate change and move quickly toward carbon neutrality, the parties are raising concerns with a plan that would be the first offshore wind project in California waters. For their part, developers say the demonstration project could test the floating technology expected to be used on a much . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Shasta Board of Supervisors reject Fountain Wind Project

REDDING, Calif.- Today the Shasta County Board of Supervisors decided to reject the Fountain Wind Project’s appeal to build a wind farm between Burney and Round Mountain in a 4-1 vote. Supervisor Leonard Moty was the only vote against rejecting the proposal. The project was initially rejected in June by the Shasta County Planning Commission in a unanimous 5-0 vote. The company behind the proposal, ConnectGEN changed the scope of the Fountain Wind Project in line with concerns and recommendations . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind farm rejected after Shasta supervisors back commission, cite fire risks

Another marathon meeting brought the same result. After more than 10 hours of public comments, Shasta County supervisors voted 4-1 to deny an appeal by a company that wants to build a controversial wind farm in the Intermountain area just west of Burney. Tuesday night’s denial upholds the June 22 unanimous decision by the Shasta County Planning Commission to reject the use permit for the Fountain Wind project. Commissioners heard nearly 10 hours of public testimony before their vote. A . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

To build, or not to build? Appeal hearing held for Fountain Wind Project on Tuesday

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – To build or not to build? That’s the question being answered on Tuesday in the Shasta County Board of Supervisors Chambers regarding the Fountain Wind Project in the Round Mountain and Montgomery Creek area. The appeal hearing started at 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, October 26. The proposed project’s use permit was unanimously rejected by Planning Commissioners in June. Project Developer ConnectGEN of Houston, TX, appealed that decision, sending it to supervisors to either deny the use permit . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lompoc turbine parade is quite a spectacle

Strauss Wind Energy is constructing a major wind energy project south of Lompoc. The project consists of 29 towers that are equivalent in height to a 50-story building. Each tower has three blades to catch the wind and turn giant turbines to generate electricity. The project will require several thousand truckloads of concrete and other construction material deliveries before it is finished. According to a June 15, 2021, staff report “Transportation of the (oversized) equipment will involve many periods of . . . Complete story »


September 29, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm shutdown order detailed

OCOTILLO – Pattern Energy cannot resume operations at its controversial wind farm near here until it meets certain specific conditions set by the U.S. Bureau of Land management, an agency document states. BLM sent Pattern a “notice of temporary suspension of operations” on Sept. 20. It followed the Sept. 16 collapse of one of the firm’s 300-foot-high windmills at the site. Its 112 windmills generate 265 megawatts of power for San Diego Gas & Electric. The notice was sent by BLM . . . Complete story »


September 27, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Towering new turbines spinning in the winds of Altamont Pass

LIVERMORE – If you’ve driven through the Altamont Pass lately, you may have noticed a subtle but important change: fewer wind turbines on the surrounding hillsides, and some of those that remain are much taller. Over the past four years, 569 decades-old turbines have been methodically removed from a 3,400-acre wind farm north of Interstate 580 to make way for 23 strategically placed state-of-the-art machines that reach up to almost 500 feet at the tips of their massive rotor blades. “These . . . Complete story »


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