Library from California
Residents of Ocotillo were informed that the turbines at Pattern Energy's Ocotillo wind facility would be as quite as being in a library. This video says otherwise. The noise when more than one turbine is operating is notably loud. Duration: 44 seconds
The plan had been on the drawing board for more than five years. The development hit a major snag when golden eagles were found nesting near the project site, which lies on 72 acres in the Granite Mountain range near Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley.
The black smoke westbound Interstate-10 motorists are seeing as they approach Cabazon is what appears to be an electrical fire in a wind turbine engine. The fire is isolated to the gear box. The turbine is on the south side of the freeway. One highway patrol car stood by until crews arrive.
Acciona, which faces a struggling economy at home in Europe, was the first company to attempt a major wind project in the region. And it may also be the last, experts said. Tough permitting processes, high land prices, a delicate coastal ecology and lack of high-voltage power infrastructure all make the Tri-Counties an unlikely home for big wind farms.
The company's root cause analysis found that the separation happened where the fiberglass laminate of the blade meets a pre-cast blade "root," adjacent to the turbines' revolving hub, a spokeswoman for Siemens said. Seven blades are being replaced at the Ocotillo plant as a result of the inquiry
The incident worries Pelley because he said it's not natural. He said the BLM is part of a 42-mile network of dirt roads carved into the desert near Ocotillo so that work vehicles can get to a massive wind turbine installation operated by Pattern Energy.
"We need a new model for the way public lands are managed that recognizes we can't keep trying to divide the pie up between exploitation and preservation." ...The move to increase solar permits "just shows the utter blindness that there is in the administration," said Blaeloch, of the Western Lands Project. "The 'all-of-the-above' approach-what kind of thing is that to say about what our energy policy is?" she said. "Let's be a little more discerning."
"This wind project is undesirable in so many ways and a great way to destroy our beautiful desert," said Betty Munson, a retiree who moved to Johnson Valley, east of Lucerne Valley, in 2000. "We're trying to get State Route 247 designated as a scenic highway, but those turbines will run parallel to the road and that will ruin the scenery for sure."
Perhaps we should begin with the fact that Acciona is a Spanish company. Spanish policies were fashioned to sustain the unsustainable. They tried to simultaneously create jobs, ignore increasing power-generation costs, and cover up failed policies by dolling out subsidies as if money was like wind and sunshine - free! Sound familiar? We have people here who want to lead us down the same path Spain has traveled.
Over the 30 year life of the Project, 'Project activities are reasonably likely to result in the death of no more than one condor as a result of being struck by a turbine blade.' If a condor is struck by a turbine blade, according to the BLM, "the BLM will require Alta Windpower to cease day-time operations and implement additional measures to ensure that the project does not pose any further threat to condors."
The PUC approved Edison's Project to bring wind energy from Kern County to the L.A. basin four years ago. But the project's been on hold since then, as politicians and Chino Hills residents criticized the narrowness of the right of way, and the height of the high-voltage towers.
Rivaling the Sahara Desert in solar intensity, California's Mojave Desert is again attracting plans for industrial-scale solar and wind projects on pristine public land near Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve, two of the largest parks in the Lower 48 states. "It's just inappropriate to plunk down this giant industrial zone at that location."
Ocotillo residents are planning to file suit against Pattern Energy under the False Claims Act, a federal law that allows citizen-whistleblowers to sue when they feel private firms have profited by misleading the U.S. Government.
William Pate, a San Diego resident who owns a home here, said organized residents hope to file suit against Pattern Energy through the so-called False Claims Act, which in part imposes liability on persons or companies that mislead the government to acquire property, money or a project approval.
Acciona Energy has announced it will not build the Lompoc Wind Farm. ...the company said "it will not move forward with the development of the Lompoc Wind Farm." The announcement came just seven weeks after the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission granted the company a time extension for its permits.
BLM's preferred alternative would take the line across the agency-managed Sunrise Mountain Instant Study Area east of Las Vegas. The 10,240-acre ISA is a popular hiking destination and includes Gypsum Cave, which BLM says holds some of the earliest evidence of human inhabitance in the western United States. Running the line though Sunrise Mountain "may entail congressional legislation modifying the designation," according to the draft EIS.
Though the Obama administration has recently renewed its commitment to approve more wind facilities on public lands as part of the Climate Action Plan it released this week, a new study indicates that wind development in California has far fewer benefits than it does elsewhere in the United States.
"Basically our community is being turned into an industrial energy zone, unwillingly," Tisdale said. "The county and the feds have not done their due diligence about what happens to people when they allow these things too close to homes and sensitive wildlife areas."
Tisdale and her fellow plaintiffs say many landowners in rural San Diego County have come under pressure to sell or lease portions of their land to developers. The decision by county supervisors to tailor the County's General Plan and zoning ordinance by blowing up the restrictions on wind farms and individual wind turbines, only makes matters worse.
In short, California Democrats are proving that the real point of cap and trade is to give politicians another revenue stream for income redistribution while dodging accountability for raising taxes. That's worth keeping in mind when liberals resurrect the scheme for the entire U.S.