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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

May 18, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm a big surprise

I attended the Rio Dell city Council meeting on May 7, and was surprised to learn about the Humboldt wind farm that is to be built on Bear River Ridge above Rio Dell. I was also informed that the public comment period ends on June 5. If I hadn’t been at the city council meeting, I never would have known about the proposed wind farm. Why was I not informed about this? The developer, Humboldt Wind LLC was required to . . . Complete story »

May 4, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Fisherman, conservationists want more research before developing wind farms

Before Humboldt County begins investing in offshore wind energy, local conservationists and fishermen say more research needs to be done to assess the projects’ local impacts. That was the consensus today at a meeting of the state Senate’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture, hosted by committee chairman North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center in Eureka. While representatives from the fishermen’s associations and conservation organizations said they are supportive of renewable energy, they want . . . Complete story »

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

Letter to the editor warns of dangers of proposed wind farm

I wanted to inform you and your readers about the proposed wind farm to be located on Bear River Ridge and Monument Ridge. Terra-Gen plans on installing up to 60 turbines that are 591 feet tall with non-recyclable carbon fiber blades nearly 3 times longer than the tallest building in Humboldt County. These monsters have only a 15 year life span and the amount of steel, concrete and rare earth that goes into these giants is astounding. There will be . . . Complete story »

May 1, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hydropower bill would sabotage California’s clean energy mandate, critics say

The Don Pedro hydropower project, just west of Yosemite National Park, has been churning out carbon-free electricity for nearly a century. As the Tuolumne River flows from the Sierra Nevada to the Central Valley, it passes through Don Pedro Dam, spinning four turbine generators. None of the electricity is counted toward California’s push for more renewable energy on its power grid. A new bill advanced by state lawmakers last week would change that – and it’s being opposed by environmental groups, . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

East County residents trying to stop proposed wind farm near Boulevard

People who live in Boulevard are worried that a proposed wind turbine project could disrupt their quality of life, and also lead to health problems. Right now, the Campo Wind project would build 60 turbines on land owned by the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. The US Department of the Interior is drafting an Environmental Impact Statement. According to federal documents, the turbines would each be 586 feet tall. The rotors would have a diameter of 450 feet. The project would also . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy project near Scotia would impact birds and the view, report finds; Public scrutiny invited

Last fall, San Diego-based renewable energy company Terra-Gen announced plans for a wind energy project that would include the construction of up to 60 large-scale turbines atop Monument Ridge and Bear River Ridge, just south of the Eel River Valley. Once installed these turbines would generate up to 155 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power nearly 40,000 homes, according to Nathan Vajdos, Terra-Gen’s senior director of wind development. As we noted at the time, the project is moving forward . . . Complete story »

April 12, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California discusses protecting migratory birds after rollback of federal protections

Melissa Cortez-Roth with the California Wind Energy Association recently spoke out against the bill. “Our industry has not historically been prosecuted under the act, we believe that changes under this bill,” she said. “We are already subject to a number of best practice guidelines.” Complete story »

March 22, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Navy may oppose wind farms off Morro Bay — but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen

The dream of Morro Bay as a new hub of offshore renewable energy production in California could be over before it even gets its sea legs – or it could just be ramping up. The Navy is expected to make an announcement in the coming weeks on whether it will support fields of 700-foot floating wind turbines off certain areas of the California coast. State and San Luis Obispo County leaders say they’ve been informed the Navy will likely recommend against . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2019 • California, Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

San Bernardino County says no to big renewables

It may be the largest county in America by land area, but San Bernardino County, Calif., has decided it doesn’t have enough room for big wind or big solar projects. On February 28, the county’s board of supervisors approved a measure that bans large renewable-energy projects on more than 1 million acres of private land. The move provides yet another example of how the energy sprawl that inevitably comes with large-scale renewable-energy deployment is colliding with the interests of rural . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Ferndale City Council hears talk on wind energy farm planned for south of town

It’s the same old windy ridges, but a different proposal from a different company. That was the essential context of a wind energy project shared at the February 20 Town Hall meeting of the Ferndale City Council, when the latest proposal to build wind turbines on the mountain ranges just south of town was presented. Natalynne DeLapp attended last week’s council meeting to provide an overview of a project proposed by San Diego-based Terra-Gen, Inc., a privately held subsidiary of . . . Complete story »

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