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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.

May 7, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farms coming to California — but the Navy says no to large sections of the coast

Fans of renewable energy anticipate a bonanza blowing off the coast of California. But a map released by the U.S. Navy puts large swaths of the state off limits to future offshore wind farms – including all of San Diego and Los Angeles, extending up to the Central Coast. The military does not have the final say in the matter, as federal and state officials – as well as wind energy companies and at least one member of Congress – are working with . . . Complete story »

April 28, 2018 • California, Denmark, Germany, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

If solar and wind are so cheap, why are they making electricity so expensive?

Over the last year, the media have published story after story after story about the declining price of solar panels and wind turbines. People who read these stories are understandably left with the impression that the more solar and wind energy we produce, the lower electricity prices will become. And yet that’s not what’s happening. In fact, it’s the opposite. Between 2009 and 2017, the price of solar panels per watt declined by 75 percent while the price of wind . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Tule Wind Project knocked offline

The recently opened Tule Wind Project, located in part of the rugged terrain in San Diego’s East County, has been knocked offline for the past two weeks due to a faulty underground power cable. A spokesman for the wind farm’s operator, Avangrid Renewables, said the company is still trying to figure out what went wrong and when the facility will get back up and running. The outage has shut down all 57 of the giant turbines that cover an expanse . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2018 • California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

PacifiCorp challenges PUC staff in controversial $1.5B wind power bidding process

PacifiCorp is defending a $1.5 billion wind power solicitation that has come under sharp attack from Oregon Public Utility Commission staff, emphasizing that an independent evaluator that monitored the process endorsed the results as “the best viable options.” “The independent evaluator is an independent expert appointed and managed by the commission – not PacifiCorp – to ensure that the (request for proposals) process was conducted in a fair and unbiased manner and to ensure that the final shortlist projects are reasonable and . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Solano supervisors deny wind firm’s $711K tax refund claim

FAIRFIELD – Solano County supervisors rejected a wind turbine company’s tax refund claim Tuesday of nearly $711,069. County Counsel Dennis Bunting explained that the firm, Solano Wind LLC, does not think the fair market assessment should not include tax credits and other incentive amounts. Bunting said the courts have ruled against that argument. The company, which owns 55 wind turbines it purchased from the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District in 2011 and 2012, lost its appeal to the county’s Assessment Appeals Board. . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2018 • Blogs, CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Attorneys’ Fees Can Be Awarded to CEQA Litigants Hoping to Preserve Their Home Values

Successful petitioners under CEQA who are motivated to file suit, in part, by their private financial interests are not necessarily ineligible for an award of attorneys’ fees under the public interest fee statute. Heron Bay Homeowners Association v. City of San Leandro, 19 Cal. App. 5th 376 (2018). Halus Power Systems sought approval from the City of San Leandro for a zoning variance to construct a 100-foot-tall wind turbine on a five-acre industrial parcel. The property is located in the . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

By ordering new land-use plan, Trump could spark a fight in California deserts

It looks like a barren no man’s land, but the vast desert outside Indio, Calif., has many suitors. Conservationists see its acres of creosote bush and cholla cactus as a rare habitat for tortoises, pronghorn antelope and an elusive variety of mule deer. Energy companies view its sunbaked plains and windswept ridgelines as prime perches for solar panels and wind turbines. Dirt tracks that wiggle across its sandy washes are testament to its popularity among off-road motorsports enthusiasts. Until last . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2018 • California, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Bureau of Land Management to review massive wind farm planned near Searchlight

Less than a year after plans were dropped for a controversial wind farm near Searchlight, an even larger and more contentious project in the same area is advancing through the permitting process. The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to conduct an environmental review of a Swedish developer’s proposal to build as many as 220 wind turbines across a 22-mile swath of the Nevada-California border west of Searchlight. The turbines would be at least 410 feet tall – roughly the same . . . Complete story »

March 13, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind resource in Humboldt is phenomenal’: Local experts look into area wind energy feasibility

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is looking into the feasibility of providing Humboldt County with some of its energy needs through offshore wind turbines. On top of seeking partners, the authority also wants to assemble a new community advisory committee to give input on the project as it moves forward, RCEA Community Strategies Manager and open house coordinator Nancy Stephenson said. The board will formally decide on project partners and the committee members at its next meeting March 19, she . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Off-shore windmills proposed for North Coast

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is making moves toward creating wind turbines to begin a wind energy industry on the North Coast. According to the energy authority’s executive director, Matthew Marshall, they have already begun requesting proposals for companies who would work with them to build and manage the turbines. “Humboldt County has one of the best offshore wind resources in the entire country,” Marshall said. ” So if you look at the overall potential for wind energy, our offshore . . . Complete story »

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