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Soitec To Shift Focus Away From Solar

Originally Published On East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

January 23, 2015 (San Diego)—Soitec Solar may exit the solar business, Greentech Media reports.  A quarterly report indicates the company plans to “refocus” efforts on its electronics business .

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Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sheer number of wind turbines in Germany is overwhelming! When the clouds open, they are often visible from the windows of a jet entering the country. Though they are primarily a rural phenomenon, there are about 60 turbines in the city of Hamburg. Some of the behemoths in Mecklenbourg-Verpommern have a capacity of 7.5 MW,  more than twice the 3 MW found in North America. Yet, speaking as one of a group of journalists touring renewable installations recently, unless you are standing directly underneath a turbine was difficult to pick out the “whoosh” of their whirling blades from other ambient sounds. Germany’s wind industry is an integral part of the nation’s energy revolution, which at least 56% of the respondents to a poll taken in 2013 said was “the right thing to do.” Only 10% were actually opposed. Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s.

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Lawsuit Against San Diego County Supervisors starts Today

Originally Published in East County Magazine 

By Miriam Raftery

(San Diego’s East County) – A lawsuit filed against San Diego Supervisors asks the court to set aside the County’s new wind energy ordinance and an amendment to Boulevard’s community plan. The case will be heard on Friday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Superior Court, Department C-72, with Judge Timothy Taylor presiding. The courthouse is located at 220 West Broadway, San Diego.
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San Diego: Massive Soitec Solar Projects Proposed in Backcountry at Boulevard

Public Comments Due by February 17

Originally published in East County Magazine

By Sharon Penny

January 5, 2014 (Boulevard)–On Thursday, January 2, the County of San Diego released an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on massive solar projects proposed in East County by Soitec Solar,
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Is San Diego Proceeding With A Flawed Renewable Energy Plan?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to take the next step in creating what appears, from the outset, to be a flawed attempt to draw up a comprehensive renewable energy plan. Supervisors have given the County’s Department of Planning & Development Services a budget of up to $300,000 and instructed them to form a Renewable Energy Advisory Committee and thoroughly study solar, wind and other renewable energy technology, trends and issues over the next 14 months. There will be no community representation on Advisory Committee, it will be “made up of renewable energy professionals from the private sector.”
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Should We Be Concerned About San Diego’s Comprehensive Renewable Plan?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The first item, at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, will be for the  County’s Chief Administrator to present the options for a comprehensive renewable plan.  This has prompted the Boards of Directors of the non-profit groups, The Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD), to express their concern about further industrialization in East County, that more wind and solar projects will be installed “adjacent to homes or highly fire-prone, biologically, environmentally, and culturally sensitive backcountry communities, recreation areas, and wild lands.”
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Eagle Expert Bittner Sentenced to Probation

The ECOreport reposts Eagle Expert Bittner Sentenced to Probation, Ordered to Turn Over Missing Data

Editor’s Note: Given the number of transgressions recorded in the article that follows, the fact Mr Bittner did not have a permit through-out most of his career and  refused to hand his raw data in to the government – what credibility can we give to the validations he gave Wind projects? How many Wind projects were approved because of Mr Bittner’s data? Should they be re-evaluated?

Originally Published in East County Magazine 

By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery
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English Communities Get To Veto Renewable Projects

By Roy L Hales

San Diego’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) appears to be behind the times. The world is starting to demand a more responsible approach to developing renewable technologies. The vast majority of renewable projects in America and the UK are owned by large corporations, who receive vast fiefs of land from the Government. Now, bowing to public opposition, the UK has now given local communities the right to veto industrial scale wind and solar projects going into their neighbourhoods. Continue reading English Communities Get To Veto Renewable Projects

San Diego Supervisors Sued Over Wind Ordinance Amendment

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The County’s Board of Supervisors are being sued for approving their  Wind Energy Ordinance & Plan Amendment last Month. The  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) complaint was filed last week by Stephan C. Volker, of Volker Law, on behalf of two rural East County grassroots non-profit groups: Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) & Backcountry against Dumps (BAD).
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Attorney Presents Evidence to suggest Wind Industry claims are Overblown

Originally Published in East County Magazine

By Miriam Raftery

“How do you beat the national average with below average wind speeds?” Attorney Bill Pate posed that intriguing question at a forum hosted in San Diego recently by Activist San Diego.
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