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Wind Power News: California


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.

February 6, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors’ vote on major backcountry energy measure delayed until Feb. 10

A vote by County Supervisors on a Renewable Energy Overlay plan has been postponed until Wednesday, Feb. 10. If approved, the measure would designate vast swaths of rural East County for industrial-scale wind and solar energy projects. The aim is to make it easier to get approval of projects that provide clean energy to meet state renewable energy mandates amid a climate crisis. But the measure has also drawn strong opposition from some rural residents, including Donna Tisdale, who advise . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

The right mountain in East San Diego County to plant that wind turbine

Were’s the best place for renewable energy? Many backcountry locals think San Diego rooftops would be ideal. The county, however, is eyeing the wide open spaces of the desert. Out where bighorn sheep roam, the Milky Way is always on at night, and the Anza Borrego Desert State park unfurls over 1,000 square miles. Officials say large scale wind and solar are needed to meet the county’s goal to achieve 90 percent renewable electricity for the unincorporated area by 2030, . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Two Biden priorities, climate and conservation, collide in the California desert

The Trump administration left President Biden a dilemma in the California desert: a plan to remove protections from millions of acres of public lands and open vast areas to solar and wind farms. Biden’s team could easily block the proposed changes, which were slammed by conservationists as a last-gasp effort by the outgoing administration to support private industry at the expense of wildlife habitat and treasured landscapes. But even if Trump’s 11th-hour proposal goes nowhere, it offers a preview of . . . Complete story »

January 15, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Report explains why California power grid couldn’t take the heat in 2020

Renewable energies have not kept pace to meet the demand for energy consumption in California — especially in the evening hours. The power generated by solar and wind power begins to teeter off in the late afternoon at a faster rate than the demand decreases, according to the report. “This is because air conditioning and other load previously being served by solar comes back on the bulk electric system,” the report stated. Complete story »

January 5, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Calexico man identified as victim of fatal 100-foot fall inside Whitewater turbine

A 52-year-old Calexico man was identified as the victim of a fatal fall that occurred Wednesday inside a wind turbine in Whitewater, investigators said. Mario Contreras Jr. died in the incident that was reported just after 11 a.m. Wednesday in an area west of Highway 62, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reported Contreras fell 100 feet near near 59-967 16th Avenue and his death is under investigation. The agency reported Contreras . . . Complete story »

December 23, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Government proposes first take permit for condor deaths at a wind farm

The California Condor is perhaps America’s most iconic endangered species and conservation success story. In the 1980s, the wild population dwindled to just 25 birds, which were brought into captivity as a last resort. By the end of 2019, 337 California Condors soared over the West Coast. It’s still an endangered species, but biologists’ hard work rearing condor chicks and releasing them to the wild has paid off. The population continues to recover and expand. But the condors may soon . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

FAA reverses approval of Campo Wind project

The Federal Aviation Administration has reversed its earlier approval of the controversial Campo Wind project and related Boulder Brush Facilities. The project would erect 60 wind turbines, each 586 feet tall, on tribal land close to tribal and non-tribal homes in rural East County. (image, left) In its remand letter dated Dec. 2, the FAA admitted to errors in its aeronautical study proceess. The action comes in response to a petition for review raised by the nonprofit Backcountry Against Dumps . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project kicks off webinar series Thursday

The company that wants to build a controversial wind-energy project in eastern Shasta County is inviting the public to join a series of webinars to learn more about the project. ConnectGen wants to build the project, called Fountain Wind, on nearly 4,500 acres six miles west of Burney and one mile west of the existing Hatchet Ridge wind project. The company says the wind farm would produce 216 megawatts and generate low-cost wind energy for Californians. “The Fountain Wind Project . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2020 • California, New Jersey, Ohio, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Cities pass all-renewable plans: A grid threat?

Ballot initiatives that empower cities to seek all-renewable electricity were approved by voters in Ohio and New Jersey last week, marking the spread of a popular idea that has also raised concerns about the impact on the grid. The approved measures will establish new community choice aggregation (CCA) programs in the cities of Columbus, Ohio, and East Brunswick, N.J. Those programs give municipal officials authority to take the lead in contracting with suppliers of wind and solar energy, with the . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

For Arianna Punzalan, protecting California Condors is close to the heart

Arianna Punzalan spent her childhood hiking the hills of Central California. As she grew older she developed an interest in endangered species and even adopted a manatee; in high school, she preferred biology classes. Above all, Punzalan knew she wanted a career in science. But the idea of studying wildlife never occurred to her. Like many first generation Filipinx-Americans with an interest in science, she expected to go into medicine, the crowning achievement in the eyes many Filipinx immigrant parents. . . . Complete story »

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