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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.

November 12, 2018 • California, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Is California going the way of Germany when it comes to energy?

One place possesses the fourth-largest economy in the world. Another is home to the fifth-largest. Both places have instituted ambitious energy and climate goals. But one – Germany – is struggling to meet those targets and its citizens pay some of the highest electricity prices in the industrialized world. Is the German experience a cautionary tale for the other place – California? It’s a question increasingly on the minds of some energy experts in the Golden State. “There are a lot of parallels,” . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2018 • California, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

100 percent clean power is impossible

Is this Clean Power Alliance just vaporware? First of all, it’s November and they don’t even have a functioning website yet. Secondly, they are proposing to supply “clean” power where the customer can choose 36 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent. How? The sun doesn’t shine at night. Wind power is unreliably available in the early morning and early evening only. Battery storage provides only a minuscule fraction of the state’s daily needs. Everybody following this issue should get familiar . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Boulevard Planning Group to vote on wind turbine health study and sexual predator placement Nov. 1

The Boulevard Planning Group will meet Thursday, November 1st at 7 p.m. in the Backcountry Resource Center (39919 Ribbon Rd., Boulevard behind the old fire station). Action items include Chair Donna Tisdale’s request to respond to a letter from County Planning Department Director Mark Wardlaw in which Wardlaw advised that the County Health and Human Services Agency is preparing a report on human health effects of wind turbines. The group will also vote on opposing placement of Alvin Quarles, a . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Clock ticking on wind energy project

HUMBOLDT – A major wind power project will produce enough energy for almost 40,000 Humboldt County homes and is on what its proponents describe as “a very intentional schedule” for operation in 2020. Proposed by the San Diego-based Terra-Gen LLC company, the project was described to the Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 16 meeting, one of several public meetings that have featured presentations from the company. The project’s benefits are measured in megawatts and dollars. Nathan Vajdos, Terra-Gen’s director . . . Complete story »

October 25, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Palm Springs’ iconic wind farms could change dramatically

If you’ve ever driven from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, you know you’re getting close when you see the wind farms. Twenty minutes west of the desert resort town, in the gap between Southern California’s two highest mountains, thousands of turbines fill the landscape on either side of Interstate 10, taking advantage of a natural wind tunnel. Some wind machines are hundreds of feet tall, with wingspans as long as a football field. Others are tiny by comparison, with clunky . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Trump administration opens California coast to wind power projects

For the first time, the federal government is opening the door to offshore wind energy development on the California coast, including an area off Humboldt County and two others off San Luis Obispo County. The oil-friendly Trump administration is soliciting proposals for wind power projects in the trio of areas totaling more than 1,000 square miles in federal waters that start 3 miles from the shore. In addition to the area off Eureka, the Interior Department is contemplating commercial wind . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Something new may be rising off California coast: wind farms

LOS ANGELES – California’s aggressive pursuit of an electric grid fully powered by renewable energy sources is heading in a new direction: offshore. On Friday, the federal Interior Department took the first steps to enable companies to lease waters in Central and Northern California for wind projects. If all goes as the state’s regulators and utilities expect, floating windmills could begin producing power within six years. Such ambitions were precluded until now because of the depths of the Pacific near its . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Could concerns over SLO County’s iconic ocean views sink offshore wind farms?

The federal government confirmed this week that sites off Diablo Canyon and Piedras Blancas are among the areas that will be considered for wind-farm leases that could put dozens 700-foot-tall floating turbines within sight of some of the Central Coast’s most iconic areas. Meanwhile, the representative of a prominent North Coast family is among those who are having to consider impacts from a proposed wind energy project approximately 27 miles offshore of Piedras Blancas. Among their concerns are what the . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Interior Secretary Zinke renews wind energy bids near Morro Bay

Offshore wind projects on the Central Coast caught an updraft Oct. 18 when U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released a call for information and nominations to identify companies interested in commercial projects. The backing by the Trump administration moves forward a proposal concept that had been stalled by an assessment by the U.S. Navy in February. Energy company Trident Winds had submitted an unsolicited proposal to develop a wind farm off the coast of Morro Bay in 2016, . . . Complete story »

October 18, 2018 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Facing the Wind: A fisherman’s take on offshore wind

Local fishermen are on the verge of forever losing local fishing grounds to wind power as California trades one renewable resource (seafood) for another (electricity). The state of California and its citizens are on the front line of the efforts to convert our energy use from the burning of fossil fuels (oil and gas) to renewable sources of power – solar and wind. The latest move toward this conversion is for the sale of offshore ocean leases to wind power companies . . . Complete story »

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