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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.

August 6, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Draft EIR available for wind-energy project in eastern Shasta County

Last summer, a citizens’ group that opposes the project had asked the county to place a moratorium on any more large generation projects. Citizens in Opposition to the Fountain Wind Project said the nearly 38,000-acre forested area that the turbines would be located within is in a high fire hazard zone. Complete story »

July 30, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

New plan could bring wind turbines closer to Morro Bay

A task force working to bring offshore wind energy to the Central Coast suggests moving a proposed wind farm much closer to San Luis Obispo County’s shore after the U.S. Navy once again balked at the idea of erecting up to 100 floating turbines in an area of the Pacific Ocean where it conducts maneuvers. The new plans, however, have already drawn objections from Morro Bay leaders and the fishing industry, who are worried about the impacts. Meanwhile, Congressman Salud . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Political push could save 1st West Coast offshore wind farms

A scuffle between a recent Trump appointee to the Navy and a member of Congress has boiled over into the national defense authorization process and could keep negotiations alive over the first offshore wind turbines in the Pacific. The controversy stems from a push by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) to promote wind projects off the shores of his district in spite of the Department of Defense’s conflicting claims to nearby waters. If built, the projects would be the first turbines . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2020 • California, Michigan, New York, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Across U.S., green mega-projects to power cities aren’t playing well in Mayberry

While the coronavirus recession has sapped demand for energy and put fracking companies on the ropes – with hundreds of bankruptcies declared so far – the renewables that would replace oil and coal are facing a growing challenge that will last long after the pandemic: The resistance of rural communities to mammoth solar or wind farms that can power cities. From New York to California, local opposition is thwarting wind and solar projects seen as essential to transitioning from fossil . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawsuit filed over Campo wind project

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the U.S. Department of Interior and agency officials challenging their approval of Campo Wind facilities on tribal land, including 60 wind turbines each 586 feet tall on 2,200 acres, as well as Boulder Brush energy facilities on adjacent private land. “The project is a dangerous and completely unnecessary industrialization of high-quality wildlife habitat in an area with an extremely high wildfire risk and frequent low-flying military, . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2020 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Santa Barbara County is no place for wind farms

Face it. So-called renewable energy is sold on fear and shame. Why else would Santa Barbara County approve a wind farm in the hills outside of Lompoc? You mean your Planning Commission doesn’t believe in climate change? Shame on you, Santa Barbara! No, shame on the commission for giving in. After all, Santa Barbara County is where California’s environmental movement began. As early as the 1930s, the City of Santa Barbara enacted building codes that were the envy of the . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm off the coast of Big Sur? It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

It’s a typical sunny morning on the South Coast of Big Sur and you are out hiking. There’s a slight haze on the water. You look out at the horizon and squint. You see a series of shimmering dots. They are not boats, their position is fixed. Barely within sight is a field of floating wind turbines up to 20 miles offshore, each tower is about 100 feet taller than the Golden Gate Bridge. This scenario was simulated in a . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2020 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Strauss wind energy project; still more questions than answers

A couple of weeks ago I suggested that a proposed wind energy project was meeting stiff headwinds. In a Lompoc City Council hearing on June 3, one aspect of the proposed Strauss Wind was they were offering a Community Benefit Agreement that could provide $150,000 to the city’s general fund at the completion of the project if the city approved an oversized load permit. Considering the council had several open questions concerning the agreement, they provide direction to staff regarding . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Lompoc council seeks higher payment from Strauss wind farm

The Lompoc City Council wants a commercial wind energy farm proposed for southwest of town to pony up $1 million for a community benefit agreement, not the fraction of the amount included in the most recent offer. Last week, City Attorney Jeff Malawy spelled out recent changes sought by Lompoc and stemming from the council meeting earlier this month in the pact with Strauss Wind, LLC. BayWa r.e. Wind LLC has proposed creating a $150 million clean-energy project with 29 . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Lompoc seeks $1 million from wind farm developers in counteroffer

The city of Lompoc will seek significantly more money – with fewer strings attached to it – than was proposed last month as part of an agreement with the developers of a wind farm project south of the city. Strauss Wind LLC, had proposed a Community Benefits Agreement to the city in May that called for Strauss to pay the city $150,000 at the completion of the project if the city agreed to, among other things, not oppose any permits that Strauss . . . Complete story »

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