Articles from California

Wind farm? Goodbye neighborhood

Anyone who knows George Bedford knows that when something irks him he doesn't keep it a secret. Bedford and his wife bought a ranch in Miguelito Canyon several years ago so that they could enjoy a rural lifestyle and now he is getting a bothersome neighbor.
30 Aug 2011

Wind farms under fire for bird kills

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating to determine what killed the big raptors ...But the likely cause of death is no mystery to wildlife biologists who say they were probably clipped by the blades of some of the 80 wind turbines at the three-year-old Pine Tree Wind Farm Project, operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
28 Aug 2011

Number of green jobs fails to live up to promises

Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show. Two years after it was awarded $186 million in federal stimulus money to weatherize drafty homes, California has spent only a little over half that sum and has so far created the equivalent of just 538 full-time jobs in the last quarter ...Job training programs intended for the clean economy have also failed to generate big numbers.
19 Aug 2011

Is wind becoming a victim of eco-sabotage?

These cases remain open, according to a spokesperson for the Tehachapi substation of the Kern County Sheriff's Department. The extent of the problem may also be understated because the incidents fall under the jurisdiction of at least three separate substations in Tehachapi, Mojave and Rosamond.
18 Aug 2011

Energy in America: Dead birds unintended consequence of wind power development

Wind power is the fastest growing component in the state's green energy portfolio, but wildlife advocates say the marriage has an unintended consequence: dead birds, including protected species of eagles, hawks and owls. "The cumulative impacts are huge," said Shawn Smallwood, one of the few recognized experts studying the impact of wind farms on migratory birds.
16 Aug 2011

Lost in transmission; Montana's wind industry is getting blown away

Last year, NorthWestern Energy launched an open-season process to identify potential buyers of energy sent along MSTI. It's had to extend the deadline due to a lack of interest. "There is confusion in the Western market," says Mike Cashell, NorthWestern's vice president of transmission. ...We're still confident and hopeful that the market can absorb generation from Montana."
11 Aug 2011

‘Now is time to act,' wind-farm foe says

The Bureau of Land Management has been directed by California legislature to fast-track feasibility studies for wind and solar power projects. This rush to meet renewable energy requirements has created a new gold rush on the Mojave Desert's resources. "There are better ways to go green than destroying the wilderness."
10 Aug 2011

Turbine maker accused of fraud

"DyoCore actions have negatively impacted legitimate competition under this program, since other providers of small wind systems are unable to compete with DyoCore's low-cost systems, claims that are based on a false premise," Robert Oglesby, executive director of the commission.
29 Jul 2011

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