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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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.

March 9, 2024 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Local fisherman file lawsuit over Morro Bay offshore wind energy projects

Central Coast fishermen filed a lawsuit over the planned offshore wind development off Morro Bay’s coast. The lawsuit is against the California Coastal Commission, California State Lands Commission, three offshore wind developers and the vessel owners who are conducting offshore research in the area. Sheri Hafer is a representative with the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen Organization, one of the parties that filed the lawsuit. Hafer said their concerns over the development grew when the California State Lands Commission issued a . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2023 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Another attempt to industrialize the coast’: California’s Central Coast residents work to stop — or at least slow down — offshore wind

Joey Racano used to have a dining room table. Now the sunlit nook off the family kitchen more often than not serves as a conference room. The table is covered with maps, thick binders bulging with tech reports, towers of meeting minutes, abandoned coffee mugs – the accumulation of years of community vigilance. On this day, his home is a lively place where a handful of locals are discussing one of California’s most complex and audacious initiatives – loading the Pacific Ocean . . . Complete story »

September 30, 2023 • California, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

California state government makes energy more expensive with clean energy bill

Assembly Bill 1373, the latest clean energy legislation out of Sacramento, is likely to raise electricity bills so much that even the legislative staff reviewing the bill for the Senate Appropriations Committee expressed concerns about it. “The State of California is an electricity customer, purchasing roughly one percent of the state’s electricity. As such, the state incurs costs when rates increase. To the extent this bill results in increased electricity rates, there could be additional costs on the state as . . . Complete story »

September 12, 2023 • California, Print storyE-mail story

Biden wants to shrink proposed marine sanctuary to accommodate wind energy factory owned by Dem donor

President Joe Biden wants to shrink a Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary meant to protect endangered whales in order to accommodate offshore wind energy factories—one of them owned by a major Democratic donor. The Biden administration late last month proposed cutting about 1,400 square miles of ocean and coastline from an Indian tribe’s proposed national marine sanctuary to make room for wind turbine infrastructure. One of these factories would belong to Invenergy, whose founder and CEO Michael Polsky has given more . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2023 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Strauss wind energy project seeks to operate without golden eagle permit

Santa Barbara County planning commissioners appear poised to allow a wind farm above the Lompoc Valley to begin operating despite not having a federal permit regarding harming or killing golden eagles. The 27 wind turbine generators making up the Strauss Wind Energy Project sit on a ridge about 4 miles southwest of Lompoc and adjacent to Vandenberg Space Force Base. Planned for two decades, the project would generate enough electricity for 40,000 homes. On Wednesday, BayWa r.e. Wind LLC asked . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2023 • Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

In-depth: ‘Beyond belief’: Industrial wind developments could threaten fragile desert ecosystem

The scope and size of these projects are mind-boggling. A landmark interregional transmission line project has broken ground this week to carry high-voltage electricity 732 miles from the largest wind farm in North America to Nevada. The TransWest Express Transmission Project (TWE) will take electricity generated by the $5 billion, 3,000 megawatt, 600-turbine Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project (CSMWE) located in Carbon County, Wyoming, to the Market substation in Eldorado Valley, Nevada, which lies within the largely untouched . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2023 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

4,000-acre wind farm gets Board approval

The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a nearly 4,000-acre wind farm west of Rosamond at its March 28 meeting. The Keyhole Wind Energy Project, from EDF Renewables, would place up to 45 turbines, producing up to 100 megawatts of electricity, on 3,920 acres a half-mile north of Rosamond Boulevard and west of 170th Street West. The Los Angeles Aqueduct crosses the southeast portion of the project, which stretches northwest of Rosamond Boulevard and 179th Street West. The site is . . . Complete story »

December 23, 2022 • California, Oregon, Print storyE-mail story

Researchers spot whales near California wind farm zones

“There are quite a lot of large whales out there, quite a number.” Complete story »

November 2, 2022 • California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The great US offshore wind-power boom has begun to falter

Plans for massive offshore wind farms that President Joe Biden hopes will power as many as 10 million American homes by 2030 are starting to wobble. On Monday, New Jersey utility Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. said it’s deciding whether to pull out of Ocean Wind 1, a proposed project in the Atlantic Ocean that would generate 1.1 gigawatts – enough for 500,000 homes. Less than two weeks earlier, New England utility Avangrid Inc. said its similarly sized Commonwealth Wind project . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2022 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines off CA coast? Big engineering feat generates anxiety

The Biden administration has chosen two sections off the California coast – near Morro Bay and Humboldt County – to build massive wind turbines, which could help the state become carbon neutral by 2045. But coastal waters here are vital to industries like shipping, fishing, and telecommunications. And they sustain delicate marine ecosystems. The U.S. Interior Department is weighing these other interests before the turbines can be built, according to Katy Stech Ferek, Wall Street Journal reporter. “It’ll be a really interesting . . . Complete story »

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