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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.

September 16, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Groups, states say policy imperils migratory birds

Frank Ruiz sees fewer birds at the Salton Sea these days. As salinity levels climb and kill fish in the giant but receding Coachella Valley lake, there are fewer white pelicans, brown pelicans and cormorants to be found, said Ruiz, the Salton Sea program director for Audubon California. “We’ve also seen a huge decline in other species like eared grebes,” he said. “We used to see them by the thousands coming over the Salton Sea.” That’s concerning enough, given that . . . Complete story »

September 16, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California wants to go carbon-negative. No one knows the cost

By the middle of this century, Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to pull more greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere every year than it puts in. That vision will almost certainly cost Californians. No one can say how much, however, because no one quite knows how we’ll achieve it. California has years of experience ramping up its use of renewable power, plugging ever more solar plants and wind turbines into the grid. But eliminating the state’s greenhouse gas emissions altogether . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2018 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

California climate policies facing revolt from civil-rights groups

In April, civil-rights groups sued to stop some of California’s policies designed to address climate change. Then on Monday, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 100, which requires the state’s utilities to obtain all their electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. Before signing the bill, Brown said the legislation was “sending a message to California and to the world that we’re going to meet the Paris agreement.” In fact, it will only increase the hardships that California’s climate . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California mandates 100 percent clean energy by 2045

SACRAMENTO – In a major environmental milestone, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a law requiring California to obtain 100 percent of its electricity from clean sources such as solar, wind and hydropower by 2045. The new law keeps California at the forefront of addressing climate change and essentially commits the world’s fifth-largest economy with 40 million people to a phase-out of fossil fuels from power plants. It also requires that 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Substation and new power lines proposed for Torrey Wind in McCain Valley

Boulder Brush LLC (Terra-Gen) is seeking a major use permit to construct and operate a gen-tie line and substation/switchyard facilities on 110 acres of private land in McCain Valley south of I-8. The gen-time line would carry energy from the Terra-Gen Torrey Wind project proposed on Campo Kumeyaay tribal lands. According to the project description provided by the developer to the county in the preliminary application, the substation would be at the northern portion of the parcels, adjacent to the . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Navy now considering plans for ocean wind farms — and Morro Bay is a top prospect

Efforts to build fields of floating wind turbines off the coast of California are gaining momentum, and Morro Bay might be at the front of the line. Despite a lack of publicity, activity on the West Coast has been moving along – ”quite a bit of it,” according to Morro Bay city administrator Eric Endersby. Endersby has been working to help Seattle-based Trident Winds find a home in Morro Bay for a multimillion dollar project that would tie into the grid . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Brown’s plan to subsume California into a regional energy grid dies at end of legislative session

For the third time in as many years, California lawmakers have rejected a plan pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would have expanded the state power grid to as many as 14 western states. The bill, authored by Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden of Pasadena, was denied a vote on the Senate floor before the gavel was brought down on the legislative session for the year late Friday night. The demise of the legislation was a rare defeat for Brown, who . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Legislative effort to reorganize California’s electricity grid dies

A California bill that would have created a new organization to run electricity grids across the West died in the legislative session’s waning hours Friday, as Sacramento lawmakers feared sharing control with coal-dependent states. Despite strong support from Gov. Jerry Brown, the bill died before it was brought to the Senate floor, as legislators worried it would undermine California’s efforts to fight climate change. The bill, AB813, was part of a long-running effort to integrate grid operations across Western states . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California bill requiring 100 percent renewable power clears Assembly

California would get 100 percent of its electricity from the sun, the wind and other carbon-free sources by the end of 2045, under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday. The bill would cap years of efforts by California to increase its use of renewable power and wean itself off fossil fuels. The Senate, which passed an earlier version of the bill, is likely to vote on the measure this week. If approved, the legislation will go to . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Last-minute amendments prompt fresh debate over bill that would expand state power grid

The bill that would revise how California regulates the state power grid was amended late last week, prompting a fresh round of debate over the fate of the legislation. The new language posted online Saturday gives lawmakers nine months to consider how specifically the California Energy Commission would expand the electric grid to as many as 14 western states. The amendments also do away with a requirement that additional renewable-energy sources be constructed in California, a section that was added . . . Complete story »

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