Articles from California
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted nothing to do with it. His top climate advisers endorsed it, then awkwardly retreated. Even environmentalists didn't press for a "gas tax," for fear of political backlash.
Modern industrial wind turbines are just giant metal bird-killing guillotines.
Oakland, Calif. – The Alameda County Planning Department is recommending that long-time wind industry paid consultant and advocate WEST, Inc. serve as the so-called “neutral” scientific monitor for avian deaths caused by the Altamont Pass wind turbines, despite a clear and continuing financial conflict of interest.
Olds was afraid that by installing the electricity-generating equipment as a demonstration project at the Marina, the city would be promoting wind turbines, which would send the wrong message to the public. So Olds added a stipulation to which the council agreed: before accepting the Southwest Wind Power turbine, the Golden Gate Audubon Society would have to give its O.K. to the project. It did so on Wednesday, with a caveat—GGAS asked the city to monitor the turbine and to remove it if it killed birds.
Arthur Rosenfeld speaks with the conviction of a man who has seen the incandescent light. As head of the California Energy Commission, he takes a decidedly low-watt approach toward energy savings, espousing staid but effective building codes, appliance standards, and utility-run energy efficiency programs that reward consumers for shopping green.
Kelly Fuller kept her cool yesterday as San Diego Gas & Electric revealed a proposed route for the Sunrise Powerlink, a new transmission line she strongly opposes. She kept her cool mostly, that is.
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Gas & Electric announced Monday its proposed route for the Sunrise Powerlink, a 120-mile transmission line to bring electricity from the Imperial Valley into San Diego County by 2010.
The wind and waves that buffet the Humboldt County coastline make little secret of their power.
The Tehachapi City Council has conditionally withdrawn an earlier objection to a 445-foot-tall wind turbine proposed to be erected north of Highway 58 and east of the city.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A California constitutional amendment taxing oil production to fund a range of alternative energy efforts may go to voters this November, setting up a nine-month battle between environmentalists and oil companies.
Key to Enron's success was deregulation of the electricity market, so that it could more easily be manipulated by developers and brokers such as Enron without having to worry about the whole expensive package of energy delivery, i.e., infrastructure maintenance. They also transformed wind power from an experimental alternative in tune with the environment into an industry that mocks environmental concerns.
She told me the windmills are 15 minutes out of Palm Springs and not visible from the city. When I asked her if there were any homes in the area, she answered, "Oh, no," in a tone suggesting that my question was quite ridiculous.
The board of commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power moved Dec. 20 to accelerate by seven years a plan to generate 20% of the utility's electricity from renewable energy.
Daniel R. Patterson, a desert ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity in Joshua Tree, said it's a "common belief" that bird deaths caused by turbines could lead to rat infestations. But he said he hasn't studied the issue.
Strong winds of public disapproval toppled electricity-producing windmills in the Julian area before they were even built.
Complaints over noise prompt a fee hike in the high desert. Users see unfair disincentives.
In a battle over blades and breezes, the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday tightened rules regulating home wind turbines that produce electricity.
Environmentalists in California are taking issue with the way wind power is affecting native bird populations in the area. Citing research by the California Energy Commission (CEC), two groups have launched lawsuits against the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, saying that permits issued for wind turbines do not sufficiently account for the environmental impact of the energy source.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's board passed a contract to acquire a $239-million wind farm in Kern County which is being developed by a private contractor later this year.