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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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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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Solar & Wind energy are not Always Good

The ECOreport responds to the video Good News from Climate Reality, solar & wind energy are not always good

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1“Good News,” from Climate Reality, is good propaganda. The message is clear and, to a large extent, true – only it also perpetuates a myth. Solar and wind energy are not necessarily good, it depends how they are used.

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The Wind Turbines worked at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe wind turbines at Ocotillo, in Imperial count California,  were spinning for at least part of  monday. That isn’t news, as they operate at least 15% of the time, but look at the dust in the video below. This project “went online” over 16 months ago and Ocotillo is still being hit by dust storms whenever there is a decent “blow.”
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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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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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When “Green” Is Not Clean

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The #1 source of Greenhouse Gases is not buildings or transportation, but electricity. That’s because 42% of it is still generated from coal. There are other questions regarding natural gas, which now supplies a quarter of the nation’s power, and aging nuclear plants. Renewable energy sources – hydroelectricity, biomass, wind, and solar – supply 13%. These are supposedly all “clean,” but some have actually caused great damage to the environment.
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Ocotillo: A Matter Of Choice

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The negative stories from Ocotillo continue …It rained for an hour last night. Normally the water would have been evenly distributed across the desert floor, but the project’s access roads channeled the water so that it became a river. You can watch the waters rising, in the video below, until photographer Jim Pelley felt it necessary to leave the area. All traffic on Highway 98 came to a stop.

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Ocotillo Wind Farm Not Delivering

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1I had to chuckle when I checked my email late last night. Earlier in the day I posted a press release called, “A Year Later, SDG&E’s Sunrise  Powerlink Delivering on What it was designed to do.” It was up for hours before it dawned on me that anyone reading the title, but not opening the article, would assume I wrote it. So I changed the title to “SDG&E says Sunrise Powerlink is delivering on what it was designed to Do.” The most important part of the article was a paragraph in which SDG&E described the projects already feeding the grid:
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