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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.


March 27, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

California approves goal to double green energy

Calling for a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, California regulators on Thursday approved rules meant to shutter gas-fired power plants and force electrical companies to further embrace climate-friendly sources like solar and wind. The California Public Utilities Commission cast the plan as a critical component of the state’s ambitious quest to source 100% of its electricity from zero-carbon resources by 2045 and left open the potential for a stricter mandate in the near future. If the mark . . . Complete story »


March 16, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

US military squeezes wind energy development off California’s Central Coast

Developers, state officials and federal agencies working toward the creation of a thriving wind industry off California’s Central Coast have encountered a formidable opponent: the U.S. military. The Pentagon’s space restrictions in West Coast waters have so far stymied efforts to generate carbon-free electricity using floating wind turbines above the Outer Continental Shelf. The conflict threatens to further delay the federal government’s auction of leases in the state’s most desirable area for offshore wind energy development, originally planned for 2018. . . . Complete story »


February 28, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Planning Commission denies appeals over design of Strauss energy project near Lompoc

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission narrowly denied two appeals regarding another panel’s approval of issues related to the design features for a commercial wind energy farm south of Lompoc. Neighbors George and Cheryl Bedford and Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy have challenged the Central Board of Architectural Review’s approval of the Strauss Wind Energy Project. BayWa r.e. Wind LLC has proposed creating a $150 million clean-energy project with 29 wind turbine generators, as tall as 492 feet, on a . . . Complete story »


February 25, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbors file legal action over Strauss Wind Energy Project near Lompoc

Neighbors of the proposed Strauss Wind Energy Project south of Lompoc have filed legal action challenging the adequacy of the environmental review, calling it “inadequate, insufficient and misleading.” George and Cheryl Bedford, represented by Santa Maria attorney Richard Adam Jr., have strongly opposed the wind farm planned for 3,000 acres off San Miguelito Road. Listed as respondents, or defendants, were the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and unnamed others. BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC has proposed creating a commercial wind . . . Complete story »


February 21, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Deal emerges to bring 1st offshore wind farms to Calif.

Offshore wind developers are lining up to build the first wind turbines off the coast of California. But they have a problem called the Department of Defense. For years, the military has managed to block the establishment of offshore wind lease areas off of Southern and central California, effectively holding back development across the entire state. Defense officials have said turbines would interrupt training exercises run by the Navy, the Air Force and other branches of the military out of . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Campo tribal members plead for legal help, allege rights violated in wind project approval; Petition seeks revote on controversial project

“Our reservation is in dire financial condition. We have really nothing to give our youth…All we have are false promises.” —Denis Largo, tribal elder who delivered a petition calling for a vote to overturn wind project approval Whistleblowers in the Campo band of Mission Indians claim that their tribal leadership pushed through approval of a massive wind project during an improperly noticed meeting. They have now collected enough signatures to overturn that approval with a revote. But despite the Feb. . . . Complete story »


February 14, 2020 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Adding massive new windmills above Whitewater Canyon will defile area

This is to express our opposition to the proposed re-powering of two existing commercial wind projects in Riverside County. The proposed Mesa Wind Project will put up to 11 500-foot-tall wind turbines with red blinking lights on the mountain ridgeline above Whitewater Canyon Road. These will loom awkwardly above an ancient Teshana Wanakik settlement at Bonnie Bell Lodge and some of the most beautiful land in the world: the Whitewater Preserve and the Sand to Snow National Monument. The Teshana Wanakik . . . Complete story »


February 10, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Push for wind farms off Central Coast now has Navy’s support

A key gatekeeper with the U.S. Navy says they are ready to move forward on plans for offshore wind along the Central Coast – particularly efforts to install floating turbines off of Morro Bay. Navy encroachment program director Steve Chung says a new collaboration launched last summer that included himself, Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert McMahon and the chair the California Energy Commission (CEC) has been working with local legislative leaders led by Congressman Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, on a monthly . . . Complete story »


February 6, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors deny appeals, move wind project forward

By the end of this year, an energy developer plans to build 29 wind turbines up to roughly 500 feet tall in a largely undeveloped area about 5 miles south of Lompoc. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to move the Strauss Wind Energy Project forward at its Jan. 28 meeting after denying three appeals opponents filed over the county Planning Commission’s decision to approve the project in November. Among their numerous concerns, the appellants argued that . . . Complete story »


February 4, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind projects draw strong opposition from rural residents and tribal members

Residents of Campo, Boulevard and Jacumba voiced their concerns Jan. 23rd at a meeting in Boulevard held by the County Planning Development Services staff addressing the construction of 120 wind turbines in Boulevard and on the Campo Reservation. The wind turbines will be 596’ tall, taller than towers which dot the high desert that stand between 325′ to almost 400 ft tall. 60 turbines are planned for the Campo Indian Reservation, and 30 turbines for McCain Valley near I-8 freeway . . . Complete story »


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