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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.


November 11, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Bad deal – recreation and ecological treasure devastated for minimum wind energy

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – It is easy to miss. The road sign on Highway 20 says simply “Walker Ridge Road.” Here a narrow dirt road runs north roughly along the Lake-Colusa County line to the Bartlett Springs Road. For me, it is always hard to not make that turn. This place tells a story of plate tectonics and is an ecological treasure. Serpentine is our state rock and there is plenty of it here. It was formed as dense rock, . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Terra-Gen wind energy official defends project as public blasts impacts

As the controversial Terra-Gen wind energy project reached the Humboldt County Planning Commission table on Thursday for the first of a two-part public hearing, its numerous critics came out in full force, chorusing the project’s potential negative impacts as they filled the commission’s meeting chamber to the brim. Terra-Gen proposes to build 47 wind turbines – down from an earlier plan of 60 turbines – on the Bear River and Monument Ridges above the town of Scotia in the Eel River Valley. . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Terra-Gen wind power project will chain us to the PG&E grid and ruin a sacred place

There has been much confusion and misinformation regarding both the PG&E power outages and Humboldt County’s current ability (or lack thereof) to be an energy island, resilient, and independent from the larger grid in California. The energy we presently get from the grid comes from the east, across the rugged coast ranges all the way from the Central Valley. The proposed Terra-Gen Bear River (Tsakiyuwit)/Monument Ridge wind energy project is just more of the same – a centralized grid-tied energy project . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project opponents say environmental impacts haven’t been mitigated

A proposed wind project on Monument and Bear River ridges is expected to face opposition at a permit meeting Thursday afternoon. Local environmental groups have plans to join the Wiyot Tribe at the Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting in opposing the proposed wind farm as it is now. In September, a group of local environmental groups sent a letter to county Planning Director John Ford stating that the project’s wind turbines should be moved off Bear River Ridge and more . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2019 • California, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

‘Ludicrous’ speed

Over a week ago I spoke before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, expressing my concerns over the county’s “hurry up” handling of the proposed Terra-Gen wind farm project to be located on Monument and Bear River ridges, south of Scotia (Mailbox, Oct. 31). The county has allowed Terra-Gen to take several shortcuts on this proposed project, including skipping the standard two-year environmental study, to mention only one. Now the planning department has announced that the Final Environmental Impact Report . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wiyot Tribe opposes wind farm

Terra-Gen is proposing to build a large wind farm on the Monument and Bear River Ridges near the Humboldt county town of Scotia. The recent PG&E blackouts have refocused interests on energy generation closer to home. But environmental groups have raised questions about the project. Now, the Wiyot Tribe has raised objections of their own, saying the project threatens tribal resources and culture. The tribe, along with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and Humboldt County, are working on an offshore . . . Complete story »


November 2, 2019 • California, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

County needs own energy, not Monument Ridge plan

Humboldt County desperately needs energy independence as illustrated by the numerous power shutoffs of late. However, the proposed wind power generation plan for Monument Ridge is not the way to go for numerous reasons. First, it would direct power to the PG&E grid via Bridgeville, the very source of the shut downs impacting Humboldt, and not provide any new power to this county. The environmental disaster that would result from this plan (Pacific flyway bird kills, loss of carbon storing . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2019 • California, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

‘Terror-Gen’

Whether if Halloween was just around the corner or not, I think we could still call the corporation that’s owned by the Energy Capital Partners “Terror-Gen”, as it’s a good representation of the havoc that the company’s 600-foot-tall bird, bat and soil decapitating wind turbines will have on one of Humboldt’s and the West Coast’s most diverse ecological transects, while opening up other ridges to future development and increased wildfire risk (Mailbox, Oct. 24). The proposed project stretches over 30 . . . Complete story »


October 31, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Kern County Fire working to put out wind turbine fire in Mojave

Kern County Fire has confirmed that a wind turbine caught fire around 2 p.m. Wednesday in Mojave causing a grass fire. Fire officials told Scripps station KERO in Bakersfield the wind turbine is located on the west-side of Highway 14 and crew members are working to put the fire out. A vegetation fire was contained after the flames from the wind turbine fell onto the grass area, according to Kern County Fire. Officials said the grass fire has been contained. . . . Complete story »


October 25, 2019 • California, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Humboldt Wind Energy Project on Monument Ridge heading to Planning Commission

This is a press release from Humboldt County: The Humboldt Wind Energy Project is being scheduled for a Public Hearing with the Humboldt County Planning Commission.  These hearings are an important opportunity for the public to understand the project and provide comments for the Commission to consider as they decide on whether the project should be approved. The project consists of up to 60 wind turbine generators (WTGs) and associated infrastructure at a site about 20 miles south of Eureka. . . . Complete story »


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