Articles filed under General from California

Wind farm project approved; residents unhappy

The first wind project in the works for Imperial Valley took a step forward last week, though some residents were not happy with a county commission's decision. The Airport Land Use Commission found the Ocotillo Express wind project to be consistent with the county's airport compatibility plan Wednesday, said commission chairman Larry Allen. It was a unanimous vote.
23 Jan 2011

Getting Some Blowback

Permits for the three-year test project were routinely issued by the Marin County Deputy Zoning Administrator on Aug. 26. And a gale of protest promptly erupted. A group of nine people, including leaders of the Marin Audubon Society, the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and the Marin Conservation League, quickly appealed to the Marin County Planning Commission to rescind the permits.
5 Jan 2011

Officials OK moratorium on wind turbines for homes, businesses

The Indian Wells City Council has unanimously approved an urgency ordinance that establishes a moratorium on roof-mounted wind turbines for homes and businesses. The moratorium is expected to allow time for city staff to research federal and state laws and find out if there are any issues for the city, such as health and environmental risks.
23 Dec 2010

Wind turbines to be upgraded in Altamont Pass

Thousands of decades-old wind turbines in Altamont Pass will be replaced with new ones that produce more power and kill fewer migratory birds . ...Under terms of the settlement, 2,400 turbines on the hills of the Altamont Pass operated by NextEra will be replaced in the next four years or shut down completely by Nov. 1, 2015.
6 Dec 2010

Scoping meeting held regarding wind farm

Victoria Brandon of the Sierra Club Lake Group said some of the problems with the project are impacts to bats, birds and rare plants along with grading of the road on serpentine soil. "It's almost a wild area," Brandon said. "If you turn it into an industrial site it could permanently change the character."
11 Sep 2010

No spin: Windmills fail

Is wind power a viable alternative to low-cost fossil fuels? Consider this: relying on windmills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only is expensive and ironically harmful to the environment, it won't accomplish its main goal. ...The inefficient "cycling" of generators made to run continuously creates more emissions than running constantly.
26 Aug 2010

Can huge Mojave wind farm boost faltering wind power industry?

Wind-energy optimism blowing in southern California belies an uncharacteristically weak and bleak short-term outlook for US wind power. Despite a banner year in 2009, the wind-energy industry now faces a nasty triple threat: sagging power demand, falling electricity prices, and low natural gas prices. What those three add up to is suddenly weak demand for wind power.
6 Aug 2010

Credit crunch sends SDG&E into wind business

After financing problems delayed a Montana wind farm that San Diego Gas & Electric needs to meet state green-energy goals, the utility decided to step in a big way — it is planning to spend $600 million to finance the massive project along the Canadian border.
20 Jul 2010

Supervisors get report on wind farm plan

AltaGas Income Trust of Calgary, Alberta is proposing the project, which would install dozens of wind turbines hundreds of feet tall along ridgetops in the Walker Ridge area, located along the border of Lake and Colusa counties, as Lake County News has reported.
14 Jul 2010

Wind turbines proposed in Lake County

Calgary-based AltaGas is proposing up to 42 264-feet-tall wind generating turbines on an 8,000 acre right of way on the Bureau of Land Management's Walker Ridge. They could produce about 70 megawatts of electricity, enough to power up to 25,000 homes, according to the company.
8 Jul 2010

Lompoc business owners battle wind farm project

A ruling is soon expected on Lompoc residents George and Cheryl Bedford's lawsuit over the environmental impact report for a wind farm proposed on land surrounding their property. George Bedford explains his frustration with the county's planning process for the project, which would place dozens of wind turbines in the hills south of Lompoc.
18 Jun 2010

Caution: Wind turbines ahead

If you're driving in the northern part of the Central Valley this summer, watch out for wind turbines on the road. There are 44 wind turbines that will be transported to the Hatchet Ridge Wind Farm near Burney starting May 24 and continuing through the end of July, says the California Department of Transportation.
18 May 2010

Hatchet Ridge project blowing in

Eight big rigs a day will be hauling the massive pieces of the Hatchet Ridge wind project into the north state starting May 24. Moving all 44 of the turbines, along with their blades and towers, will continue into late July, said Julie Lee, spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. The trucks are set to leave early each workday morning.
16 May 2010
back to top