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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.


January 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Comments Invited on Sand Hill Wind Farm SEIR

The Alameda County Community Development Agency (CDA) is in the process of circulating a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the Sand Hill wind turbine repowering in the Altamont. Deadline for individuals and agencies that would like to comment is Feb. 6. Written comments should be addressed to Andrew Young, Planner, ATTN: SEIR, Alameda County Community Development Agency, 224 W. Winton Avenue, Suite 110, Hayward, CA, 94544, or at (510) 670-5400, or see www.acgov.org/cda/planning, and then follow successive links from . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California’s energy grid is in crisis. Can the state keep the lights on?

More renewable energy, accessible at the whims of weather, can throw the grid off balance. Renewables lack the characteristic that power planners most prize: dispatchability, ready when called on and turned off when not immediately needed. Wind and sun don’t behave that way; their power is often available in great hunks — or not at all, as when clouds cover solar panels or winds drop. Complete story »


January 10, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Views wanted on plan for offshore wind farms along San Luis Obispo County’s coast

A federal agency is currently taking public comment on plans to lease areas off California’s coast to wind energy development. Proposed for areas of the ocean roughly 20 miles offshore, the wind farms would consist of dozens of connected floating turbines generating electricity, conveyed to shore—and the energy grid—via a seafloor cable. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management—also known as BOEM—is an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, and is in charge of leasing America’s federal coastal waters, . . . Complete story »


December 22, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms will reduce commercial fishing grounds

California’s fishing industries are at risk of losing access to some of their fishing grounds as the state’s waters are scouted for the development of offshore wind farms. Ken Bates, vice president of the Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association, is concerned about this reality and has been working to develop a solution to mitigate the outfall of the turbine versus trawler dilemma. “[We want to] keep from losing any additional fishing grounds; that’s really what this is about,” he said. “What’s . . . Complete story »


December 16, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Should the Central Coast be a new hub for wind energy in California?

Hundreds of wind turbines could pop up along the coast off Los Osos and Cambria – but before they do,the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Managment wants to know if you think that’d be a good idea. The bureau is collecting comments from the public on the potential for offshore wind turbines along the Central Coast. At an open meeting in San Luis Obispo on Thursday night, department representatives asked for everyone to get their thoughts in by Jan. 28. “Input . . . Complete story »


December 13, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

SFPUC to absorb $25 million in fees to keep CleanPowerSF bills from rising

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is moving ahead with a plan to absorb an estimated $25 million in added fees that would otherwise fall on the agency’s CleanPowerSF energy customers next year. On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved a proposal to offset the fees with an automatic subsidy, protecting CleanPowerSF’s roughly 115,000 residential and commercial customers from higher energy bills. Since October, SFPUC officials had vowed to shield CleanPowerSF’s customers from potential rate increases. That’s when energy regulators at . . . Complete story »


December 12, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds of wind turbines could sprout off SLO County. Here’s how to learn about the plan

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will host a meeting in San Luis Obispo this week to share information on the possibility of offshore wind developments along the California coast. This includes plans to add hundreds of 700-foot-tall floating turbines on sites off Diablo Canyon and Piedras Blancas. The meeting is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Monday Club, 1815 Monterey St. According to a BOEM news release, the department published a call for information and nominations . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

It’s safe and emissions free. So why is California in the doldrums around offshore wind?

Gleaning energy from ocean wind would seem to be a California ideal: It emits no greenhouse gases, has nearly no environmental footprint, and harnesses one of the state’s most powerful and plentiful natural resources. But engineering challenges, regulatory hurdles and concerns about the turbines’ impact on wildlife have, until recently, mucked any forward progress. A deal this week between Morro Bay and a wind developer, however, shows that at least some players in the wind game are gambling the energy . . . Complete story »


December 7, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Twisting in the wind: As rural residents complain of wind energy impacts, Campo tribe proposes towering new project: Scoping meeting Dec. 6

December 6, 2018 (Campo) –Tonight, the Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a scoping meeting on a notice to prepare an environmental impact statement for a proposal to build 60 wind turbines up to 586 feet tall (taller than the highest skyscraper in San Diego) on the Campo Indian reservation. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Campo Tribal Hall, 36190 Church Road (BIA 10) at highway 94 in Campo. Written comments can also be submitted by . . . Complete story »


December 7, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Scientists study how an offshore wind farm may impact California wildlife

SANTA CRUZ >> Scientists are studying how a planned wind farm off the California Central Coast may affect marine wildlife. The proposed project, called Castle Wind Offshore, would include roughly 100 turbines floating more than 35 miles northwest of Morro Bay, outside the bounds of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The companies working on the project plan to make the wind farm operational by 2025. This is in line with Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to get more than half . . . Complete story »


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