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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.


January 16, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Groups are concerned that a proposed wind project could damage birds, plants

A couple of goats scamper down San Miguelito Road as George Bedford slowly drives in the opposite direction. He says it’s not the first time he’s seen animals on this road, before pointing to a spot where he once passed a mountain lion. Only a few miles south of Lompoc, the area feels worlds away. Bedford and his wife, Cheryl, purchased more than 400 acres of land on top of one of the hills surrounding San Miguelito Canyon in the . . . Complete story »


January 5, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals filed against Lompoc wind farm

Three appeals filed against the Strauss Wind Energy Project (SWEP) are challenging the installation of 29 wind turbines on a 3,000-acre plot of land in the hills outside Lompoc. At a Planning Commission meeting in November, several environmental organizations argued that the project would have a negative impact on the area’s unique local ecosystem, but were ultimately unable to sway the commission away from the project, which would double the county’s renewable energy capacity. The 450-foot turbines have the potential . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

After marathon meetings, supervisors vote 4-1 to deny Terra-Gen’s wind energy project

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-1 to deny the Terra-Gen wind energy project, rejecting a widely controversial plan to build wind turbines on the Bear River and Monument ridges above Scotia. After an emotional, hours-long dialogue, the supervisors stopped short of approving the company’s proposal in a 2-3 decision, before voting again to officially deny the project. In the initial vote, supervisors Virginia Bass and Rex Bohn voted to move the project forward. In the 4-1 . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Why the supes denied Terra-Gen’s wind project, despite a series of 11th hour concessions from the company

With Humboldt County supervisors Rex Bohn and Virginia Bass having indicated they would support controversial plans to erect a wind farm on Monument and Bear River ridges south of Rio Dell, and supervisors Steve Madrone and Estelle Fennell having indicated they would not, Supervisor Mike Wilson was left as the swing vote. Obviously deeply conflicted at the end of a marathon 16-hour meeting spread over two days that were punctuated by emotional testimony and the occasional outburst, Wilson was still . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Overflow crowd again turns out for public hearing on controversial wind farm proposal

The debate over the proposed Terra-Gen wind energy project seemed no closer to resolution after a second heated five-and-a-half-hour public hearing at the County Planning Commission on Thursday. Once again, the Supervisors Chamber was packed with people standing in the aisles. About 40 people who could not fit into the crowded room stood outside in the hallway, and another 50 or so people filled a conference room down the hall, where the proceeds of the meeting were piped in. People . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Board of Supes sinks Terra-Gen wind farm on 4-1 vote, following days of hearings

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: The Terra-Gen Wind Project Has Been Denied Bass had just said she’s sticking with her vote to support the project.  Madrone said he thinks the board has talked it through and thanked the audience. He then moved to have the county sign the indemnification agreement regardless of the decision. Fennell seconded, and that motion passed unanimously.  Wilson then asked director Ford about making a motion approving option five, even with the applicant’s explanation that such a vote . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Divided board votes down wind project

Clearly conflicted individually and collectively, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to reject controversial plans to build a wind farm project on Monument and Bear River ridges south of Rio Dell. The vote, which saw supervisors Virginia Bass and Rex Bohn support the project and the balance of the board reject it, came at the conclusion of a more than 16-hour meeting spread over two days that included public comment from hundreds of residents. A short round of . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Second day of Terra-Gen hearing draws mostly opponents

There wasn’t much of a split in audience opinions at the end of public comments on the second day of the Terra-Gen hearing. Of the 36 speakers who expressed their opinions on the contentious wind energy project being proposed on Monument and Bear River ridges, only two spoke in support of the project, one to hisses from the crowd and shouts of “racist,” at a special meeting of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday at the Adorni Center . . . Complete story »


December 18, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Rigorous public comment period highlights first day of Humboldt Wind Energy Project appeal

EUREKA, Calif. – A rigorous and heated public comment period that lasted nearly six hours highlighted the first day of the appeal meeting surrounding the Humboldt Wind Energy Project in front of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Monday. Hundreds of community members showed up at the Adorni Center Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. to express their feelings regarding the project. While those who attended the meeting were told to keep their reaction to each speaker relatively quiet, there were numerous . . . Complete story »


December 17, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Terra-Gen leans on climate, unions as critics skewer wind energy pitch

While a swath of residents made good on their promise to show up in full force against energy company Terra-Gen at a public hearing on Monday for the proposed wind turbines above Scotia, project executives found some allies in unionized labor and climate change absolutists. In a showdown for the controversial wind energy project, day one of Terra-Gen’s appeal hearing gave the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors a chance to digest the proposal to build 47 wind turbines on the . . . Complete story »


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