The ECOreport looks into conflict between conservation & renewable development in the California desert, Industry Coalition Opposes DRECP Limitations
By Roy L Hales
Some think of Ivanpah as a renewable milestone. Mojave elder Reverend Ron Van Fleet finds it an obstacle to performing rituals at a sacred site within the solar plant’s enclosure. The residents of Boulevard were more successful fighting against encroaching industrial scale wind and solar plants. Environmentalists are concerned about the negative impacts sites have on threatened species like the desert tortoise, . These are the kind of problems that led to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Only now an industry coalition opposes DRECP limitations to renewable growth.
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By Roy L Hales
The transition to renewable energy is coming faster than most people realize. The technological advances that make it the adoption of larger amounts of intermittent energy possible are also needed to reinvigorate North America’s aging grid. Though there is still much resistance from corporations and governments with vested interests, the future of the fossil fuel sector lies in finding ways to fit into a more environmentally sensitive economy. The struggle to avoid Climate Change is not over. There are still many battles ahead, but the outcome has been decided. The next big issue is social license.
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The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed from California, What is the DRECP?
Originally Published by Defenders of Wildlife
By Stephanie Dashiell, California Representative at Defenders of Wildlife
California’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is here! The draft environmental documents, totaling more than 8,000 pages, were posted online last Tuesday after an announcement event in Palm Springs that included Secretary Sally Jewell, Senator Barbara Boxer, Representative Raul Ruiz, Representative Grace Napolitano, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird, California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas, and Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit. The speakers touted the draft plan as a landmark federal-state partnership and a huge step forward for both renewable energy development and land and wildlife conservation.
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Originally published by the Canyon Country Zephyr
By Jim Stiles
TERRY WEINER is the Conservation Coordinator of the Desert Protective Council. DPC is one of a relative handful of environmental groups that has openly expresed concerns and frustration with the ongoing massive development of alternative energy projects that being planned and built across the American West. THE ZEPHYR talked to Terry about those concerns… Continue reading An Interview with Terry Weiner, of the Desert Protective Council