Tag Archives: California Windfarms

Revisiting Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

The Ocotillo wind farm went online almost five years ago. Were they not documented in such meticulous detail, some of the  reports coming from the tiny desert community this project surrounds would be difficult to believe.  I once received a constant stream of YouTube videos and reports. It was one of the sites that shaped my perception of the energy sector.  To some extent, I’ve moved on from this story, but I always knew I would be revisiting Ocotillo.
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Living With A Trump Presidency

The ECOreport interviews Dr Allan Hoffman, a former senior analyst with the D.O.E., about living with a Trump Presidency

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmThe American people have spoken. Donald Trump is not Dr Allan Hoffman’s choice for President. While it is still possible that Trump will be more reasonable than his pre-election rhetoric suggests, this is unlikely. Hoffman described Trump as a demagogue who appears to be a climate denier, whose statements about energy were “uninformed, ignorant and terrible.” Never-the-less, he has been elected and, for the next four years, “the American public is going to have to live with that.” Hoffman spoke about the realities of living with a Trump presidency.

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Preparing Renewable Sites For El Nino

The ECOreport asks Harvey Sanders aboutpreparing renewable sites for El Nino and other weather events

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe last four years of drought have left many Californian renewable site unprepared for the return of wet weather. Dry lake beds, which can be vulnerable to flooding once the rains come, are often used for renewable sites. Wind turbines are built into terraces on mountain passes, that are vulnerable to erosion. According to Harvey Stephens, Vice President of Operations at World Wind & Solar, there are ways of preparing renewable sites for El Nino and other weather events.

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What is Canada Missing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada will not meet its emissions targets for 2020. There has been improvements since 2005, but the oil sector is expected to produce 28% more emissions by the end of this decade. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he would like to regulate the oil sands, but that “would be crazy” in light of economic developments. Despite the global trend towards adopting renewable energy and smart technologies, the Canadian government continued to tie this nation’s economic future  to the fossil fuel industry. So what is Canada missing?

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California: Are the Windfarms at San Gorgonio Pass “Green”? (& video)

Inspired by the Video “Wind Mill Disaster” 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The video “Wind Mill Disaster”  is a visual critique of the Windfarms in San Gorgonio Pass, Riverside County. This is one of the windiest places in Southern California and also one of the state’s largest wind sitings. It is not clear whether “NewWiseGuy”  made this video, or just posted it. The addition of Kermit the Frog singing “Its not easy Being Green” softens the harsh impact of scenes reminiscent of a battlefield.
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California: Hide and Seek at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

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The Ocotillo Wind Project may be one of the best documented “renewable projects” in the USA. Workers cannot even pee in the surrounding desert without having to worry about their being filmed by one of the village’s inhabitants. There is good reason for that. Many of villagers moved to Ocotillo because of tranquility. Only the village is surrounded by “public land” and, because of the Obama Administration’s push on renewable energy, they are now surrounded by 438 foot high wind turbines. Most of the time the blades are still, but when the turbines do turn they emit a roar which has been compared to that of a jet airplane. The towers have red lights that blink throughout the night. After the desert was torn up, a plague of dust storms., floods and white foam was unleashed upon the inhabitants. The project went online 15 months ago. Yet there are  constant  problems and the inhabitants of Ocotillo have filmed most of them.
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Tracing the Story of US Wind Development With a DOE Map

By Roy L Hales

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A new Department of Energy map is a bit of an eye opener for those of us getting skeptical about the Golden State’s wind potential. According to an article in the  Wallstreet Journal, wind power makes sense in Texas, but not in California,  “which isn’t located in the ‘wind belt.’” That may be true, but guess where the technology first took root!
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Get the Politics out of Wind Energy!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Stanford University has just published a glowing report about how Wind Farms “can provide a surplus of reliable clean energy to society.” I almost posted it. It is important to publish information that does not fit your beliefs but, in this case, I decided to voice my skepticism instead.
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San Diego: Wind Turbine Catches Fire in Campo

By Roy L Hales
Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMA wind turbine exploded on the Campo Indian Reservation, in San Diego’s East County, around noon on December 16. Flames spread to the surrounding bush. Two bombers that responded to the emergency were hampered by high winds. The situation might have got out of control, had a helicopter not arrived. Half an acre of brush was consumed, but the flames did not reach any of the neighboring houses. Continue reading San Diego: Wind Turbine Catches Fire in Campo

Has The Wind Farm Brought Asphalt Like Dust To Ocotillo?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Ocotillo residents report that the dust storms, that have been plaguing their town since the neighboring Wind Farm was built, now bring a black or dark dust. This is totally unlike the light tan colored sand of the surrounding desert. The photo at the top of this page was taken in Jim Pelley’s swimming poll the day after the storm of October 9.
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