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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 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.

July 19, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

With Fountain Wind’s ties to corporations worth billions, is it a form of “green colonialism”?

Local tribes regularly advocate for environmental protection and restoration. So why are local Native peoples' cultures and religions continually threatened by green projects? Complete story »

July 19, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

With Fountain Wind appeal pending, Pit River Tribe continues battle for sacred sites

The Pit River Tribe scored a temporary victory when the Shasta County Planning Commissioners voted down the Fountain Wind green energy project on June 22. But ConnectGen’s appeal of that decision, filed June 25, is now pending. Complete story »

July 19, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The rejection of the Fountain Wind Project, and who appealed the decision

One month ago, on May 19, I sat in the Shasta County Resources Building with Director Paul Hellman to discuss being allowed more time to speak at the Public Land Planning Hearing on the Fountain Wind Project. An hour into the half-hour meeting, I stood up to leave. Director Hellman encouraged me to sit down and continue to discuss concerns that were new to him. Four hours later, as we left the building after 7 p.m., he extended an invitation . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Local fishing voices are left out of offshore wind discussions

The waters off the shore of Morro Bay have been the focal point of a potential wind farm development site since 2015. Between 2015 and 2017, a state intergovernmental task force that evaluated offshore wind power for the state of California was established, and its members included the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Morro Bay mayor and a City Council member, and regional state representatives. However, the fishing industry was largely left out. At the time, the community . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Bat death toll near turbines raises concerns

Alameda County – Projects designed to improve the efficiency of wind-driven energy production in the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA) came with an unanticipated impact – an increase in bat mortality. While scientific experts are hesitant to even speculate at this point why they’re finding more bat carcasses near the new turbines than they did with the old turbines, those involved are aiming to create a reliable and repeatable means for studying and reducing the rate of deaths. The Altamont County . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California’s first offshore wind project has Morro Bay fishermen worried

Fishermen in Morro Bay are about to get a much taller neighbor than the ancient volcanic mound that stands like a giant at the tip of the harbor. Wind turbines are coming. “These things are as big as skyscrapers,” says Chris Pavone, who’s among roughly 120 fishermen who trap, troll, and drop lines off Morro Bay and Avila Beach. He’s worried about what could become the first offshore wind farm on the West Coast. Approved by the Biden administration, the . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Leases of vacant land for solar farms pose great risks to owners

Today’s story will be of special interest to anyone who owns acreage – typically agricultural – in areas of the country which receive plentiful sunlight or wind, ideal for the construction of a solar or wind farm. Unless you are careful, some smooth-talking representative of an energy farm developer could have you walking into quicksand. Never, never, never trust the nice people from these companies to have your best interest in mind. They do not, as “Dr. Jim” discovered. The Baltimore surgeon . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm south of Lompoc agrees to pay for use of local roadways

The Lompoc City Council, on June 15, approved a deal to allow Strauss Wind LLC to transport numerous oversized loads through the city to a “green energy” project they are building south of the city. I placed “green energy” in quotes since the manufacturing of wind farm components – lubricants used to keep the 29 turbines spinning, circuit boards, cable insulation, fuel for maintenance and construction vehicles, and virtually everything including the employees clothing needed to keep the project functioning over . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Shasta County denies proposed wind turbine project

Shasta county planning officials unanimously rejected a proposed wind farm, saying its negative impacts would outweigh any environmental benefits. The Fountain Wind Project, proposed by Houston-based Connectgen, would include up to 72 wind turbines in East Shasta County. It was turned down by Shasta County Planning Commissioners at the end of a ten-hour-long meeting Tuesday night, with eight hours of public comment. Paul Hellman is the county director of resource management. He said much of the opposition was from people . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Shasta County Planning Commission denies use permit for controversial wind farm

Bucking a staff recommendation, the Shasta County Planning Commission late Tuesday night unanimously rejected the use permit for a controversial wind farm project planned for the Intermountain area just west of Burney. Commissioners sided with opponents who said the Fountain Wind project’s impact on the environment, the scenery and the potential long-term harm it would do to the area’s economy outweighed the benefits of the massive wind farm. The 5-0 vote capped a marathon meeting that went nearly 10 hours . . . Complete story »

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