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How dispiriting to read that officials at Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) have fallen hook, line and turbine for a deeply flawed energy proposal. Like many outside colonizers since 1850, a Manhattan energy company, Terra-Gen, is relying on local officials to support its plan to place up to 60 wind turbines, each standing 600 feet tall, on Monument and Bear River ridges. The RCEA's Michael Winkler, in a June 27 op-ed in the Journal ("Why I Support Terra-Gen's Wind Project"), epitomized this colonial mindset.
The developer is seeking a right-of-way that would permit 42 wind turbines to be constructed on 2,270 acres of public land in the two counties. The area is described as “along Walker Ridge, within the Indian Valley Management Area in Northern California.” Among the other planned structures are a substation plus a collection line and tie-in to an existing Pacific Gas and Electric transmission line. Walker Ridge Road will also be widened.
The Strauss Wind Energy Project — put forward by BayWa, a German agricultural and renewable energy company — calls for the construction of 30 turbine generators 500 feet tall across 2,790 acres of rural land in an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. ...More than 600 mature oak trees would be chopped down to make room for the infrastructure and to build the roads needed to transport three 35,000-pound blades to each turbine location.
With the deadline to comment on the draft environmental impact report fast approaching, debate over a proposed wind farm on a ridgeline to the south of the Eel River Valley is heating up.
A giant wind farm proposed for more than 35,000 acres in eastern Shasta County will be the topic of a public meeting Thursday in Montgomery Creek.
A major wind power project will produce enough energy for almost 40,000 Humboldt County homes and is on what its proponents describe as “a very intentional schedule” for operation in 2020. ...the project will “become very financially difficult if we’re not online by the end of 2020.”
“We (at COLAB) do not understand why you’re allowing a different company, 10 years later, to tier-off on a 10-year-old EIR, with different-sized wind turbines, plus 30 miles of roads and widening Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc. “You wouldn’t do that for a winery or an oil project. Why are you doing it for a wind project?”
“We also don’t like the double standard with regard to the environmental and deadly impact on birds and bats, as wind typically gets a free pass in comparison to what oil companies and farmers have to go through,” Caldwell said. “One more thing,” he added. “The county needs to demand a new EIR. These turbines are larger than the old ones, and the other EIR is 10 years old.”
Officials with the project’’s operator, Avangrid Renewables, at first did not know what caused the outage but later determined an underground cable was to blame. A vendor had to fabricate and eventually install a completely new line, measuring about 1,000 feet.
A Portland, Oregon, firm has filed an application to build up to 100 wind turbines — more than twice as many as Hatchet Ridge — in eastern Shasta County.
The developers are also focused on keeping the White House engaged in the project. Without the federal government’s backing through WAPA, TransWest Express would lack the use of eminent domain, a major tool that Trump often relied on in his past life as a real estate mogul. It’s the ability to take ownership of private land for public use.
Which way is the wind blowing in California?
The Dakota Access Pipeline goes through some of the windiest parts of the Great Plains, and wind power generation in the Plains States has grown rapidly over the last decade. You might think that wind would offer a viable alternative to fossil fuel development for Plains tribes. But in the rush to develop wind power, the Native peoples of the Plains are being left behind.
This project was a disaster from the beginning. Speed and greed are a recipe for environmental, economic, and social failures. Applications for future wind developments must learn from this experience and be much, much more diligent and responsible in their planning and execution.
SANTA NELLA - A proposal from a Netherlands-based company to construct an energy-producing wind turbine on property owned by the Santa Nella County Water District generated little enthusiasm from the district’s governing board.
The Protect Our Communities Foundation has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt the project, contending it will kill protected golden eagles, bats and other wildlife as well as spectacular views on public lands. The Audobon Society and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD) have also opposed the project.
Renewable energy is the big loser in a long-drawn-out energy plan for public land in California, developed over eight years between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Energy Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Renewable energy "needs to be done thoughtfully and it needs to be done right," said April Rose Sommer, executive director of the Protect our Communities Foundation (POC). "And this project is the wrong place and it's also the wrong procedure."
More projects could be terminated under the 2015 agreement as soon as next month. "SunEdison has failed to meet schedule and contract deadlines stated in the contract," says a July 6 letter from the city's Environmental Services Department to the solar provider.