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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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A Wind Project without Wind

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMPeople have been talking about the Ocotillo Wind Farm’s poor performance almost as long as the project has been online. One of the most devastating critics has been Ocotillo resident Jim Pelley, who documented the scarcity of wind in a long series of videos. The existence of this chronology was revealed when East County Magazine published links to some of the titles between March 5, 2012, and January 23, 2013. Pelley’s videos indicate that this project, in California’s Imperial County, generated little power throughout the year that followed. Documents from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) show he is right.

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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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The Latest Catastrophe At The Ocotillo Wind Project: White Foam

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The latest catastrophe to hit Ocotillo is a white foam, flowing through the waterways, that local resident Jim Pelley says “looks like paint.”
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Wind Turbine Blades Sound Like A Jet Airplane!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Anyone who doubts that the revolving blades of a 438 Wind turbine can sound like a jet airplane should listen to the video below.
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Which Way Is The Wind Blowing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The latest video sent out from Ocotillo is a bit of a conundrum. It was made when there was enough wind to power the turbines, but why are the turbines facing all directions?  And how can two of them be spinning in totally opposite directions? Which way is the wind coming from? And why is one spinning against it?
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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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Repairing A Wind Turbine At Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1One problem with installing a wind farm around a village, is that the inhabitants observe  EVERYTHING. Jim Pelley has been documenting them on a youtube site called “Save Ocotillo.” He just took the following video of blade repairs to turbines #152 and #154 at Ocotillo.

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Samsø And Ocotillo: A Study In “Developmental” Contrasts

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Many of us have been inspired by the story of Samsø: a tiny Danish island that utilized renewable technologies to totally eliminate its carbon footprint. It is a model of what a community can accomplish when it works together. I can’t imagine a greater contrast to the industrial scale wind and solar projects going into the deserts of  San Diego and Imperial counties. Samsø’s story is about a group of people working together. The Southern California saga would appear to be about corporate greed. Tax breaks and cash grants of up to 30% of the developmental cost; utilities companies making millions of dollars in profits from the long power lines they string into the desert; a never-ending stream of complaints from the inhabitants whose lives are in the path of this “development.”

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