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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 10, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy troubles

Several people in the small desert town of Ocotillo have been plagued with problems from a wind energy facility. A CW6 News investigation into Ocotillo Wind, operated by Pattern Energy, revealed many mechanical and design problems, and the failure to meet projected generation figures for power output. Just last month a turbine sheered its own mast, causing a collapse. I spent the day with two residents of Ocotillo who started a social media page against the project and are on . . .

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January 7, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

BACKCOUNTRY AGAINST DUMPS DONNA TISDALE v. OCOTILLO EXPRESS LLC PATTERN ENERGY GROUP LP

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. BACKCOUNTRY AGAINST DUMPS and DONNA TISDALE, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. SALLY JEWELL, in her official capacity as Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior; et al., Defendants-Appellees, OCOTILLO EXPRESS, LLC and PATTERN ENERGY GROUP, LP, Intervenor-Defendants-Appellees. No. 13-57129     Decided: January 05, 2017 Before: FARRIS, BYBEE, and N.R. SMITH, Circuit Judges. MEMORANDUM* Backcountry Against Dumps and Donna Tisdale (“Appellants”) appeal the district court’s order granting summary judgment in favor of Appellees. Appellants maintain that . . .

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December 26, 2016 • California, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

California’s energy needs could boost Nevada

As part of a final push for clean energy in the remaining weeks of the Obama administration, the Department of the Interior approved a 728-mile power line Dec. 13 that will move wind energy from Wyoming to Southern Nevada. That wind power, which the federal agency says is enough to supply 1.8 million homes, could then be sold to Western states, especially California. California is a key market for many clean-energy projects – even beyond its borders – because of its high . . .

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December 19, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Ocotillo residents share grave concerns on wind turbines

EL CENTRO – Concerned Ocotillo residents approached the Imperial County Board of Supervisors during the public comments portion of Tuesday’s meeting seeking assistance with numerous issues concerning the Pattern Energy wind farms in Ocotillo. The most significant, and what prompted the concerns, was a 500-foot-tall wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility collapsing on November 21, spewing debris and three blades across the desert floor. Jim Pelley, a retired aerospace engineer and Ocotillo resident, said public safety was at . . .

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December 17, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Local residents express safety concerns over wind farm

OCOTILLO, Calif. – Public residents in Ocotillo are speaking out after a recent wind turbine collapse. Earlier this week people voiced their concern at a county supervisors meeting asking, what can be done to prevent future accidents? “We are really worried that someone is going to get hurt with a blade falling off. Now, evidently pattern energy calls it a designated fall zone directly underneath the wind turbines, I call it a kill zone,” said Parke Ewing, Ocotillo Resident. Just . . .

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December 14, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm complaints

(County to look into Wind Farm complaints)…Three Ocotillo residents went before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Each complained about the Pattern owned Wind Farm around Ocotillo. They said the wind turbines were unsafe. They accused Pattern of using inferior and untested equipment, and the wind turbine were a tragic accident waiting to happen. They also claimed the wind farm was not performing up to expectations and Pattern was going out of business. There have been three incidents at the Wind . . .

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December 12, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Senator Hueso seeks answers on Ocotillo wind turbine collapse

State Senator Ben Hueso (D-40th district) wants to know why a massive wind turbine collapsed on November 21st in Ocotillo on public land—and what will be done to prevent future such disasters. In a letter to Beth O’Brien, Pattern Energy’s manager of external affairs, Senator Hueso notes that this is the third serious incident that has occurred at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facilitiy since it opened approximately four years ago. Prior problems include a wind turbine that burst into flames . . .

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November 29, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Boulevard planners raise concern over county’s climate action and renewable energy plans, cite environmental justice disparity

The Boulevard Planning Group voted unanimously to send a letter to County officials voicing concerns that the County’s Climate Action Plan and Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan will adversely impact the Boulevard/Jacumba area, where mostly low-income residents have already been “disproportionately targeted” for 31 major energy–related projects planned, approved or built in the past decade, according to a letter signed by BPG Chair Donna Tisdale. Those include massive industrial scale wind and solar projects that scrape bare thousands of acres, along . . .

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November 24, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Ocotillo turbine collapse: investigation launched

Ocotillo Wind Energy has issued a statement on its website after collapse of a massive wind turbine Monday at its Ocotillo, California site.  The statement indicates the turbine fell within the designed setback zone and no one was injured. Officials say they are working closely with Siemens, the manufacturer, to identify the cause of the failure, with a “full investigation” underway.   The company said safety is its “first priority” and that more information will be released as it becomes available, . . .

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November 22, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapses in Ocotillo

A 500-foot-tall wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility collapsed this morning, spewing debris and three blades each weighing many tons across the desert floor. Photographer Jim Pelley, an Ocotillo resident, says 30 minutes after the collapse, the other 111 turbines were still spinning and no one from Pattern Energy had arrived. Around an hour or more after the collapse, Pattern arrived and deenergized the entire project. Pelley told East County Magazine that the ground was not saturated from . . .

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