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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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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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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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Ocotillo Wind Project Back Online – Sort Of

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Around fifty days since turbine 156 threw a blade: the Ocotillo Wind project is starting to go back online. This has prompted a very revealing article in the Imperial Valley Press and a resumption of the videos documenting this controversial site’s problems on Youtube.

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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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NAHC recognizes Ocotillo Wind Farm site as a Native American Sacred site

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On Monday, April 22, the California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) recognized the 12,000 acre Ocotillo Wind Project site, in what the local Quechan tribe refers to as the “Valley of Death,” as a sacred Native American cultural landscape and burial ground. This resolution was passed by a 4-0 vote. Continue reading NAHC recognizes Ocotillo Wind Farm site as a Native American Sacred site

Pattern Energy receives award for Outstanding Environmental Analysis at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The California Association of Environmental Professionals has awarded the Ocotillo Wind project with its highest award for Outstanding Environmental Analysis and Documentation at a joint conference of AEP and the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP). The Builder, Pattern Energy, claims,  “The Ocotillo Wind project will provide enough clean and renewable energy to power nearly 125,000 homes in Southern California each year.”
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Ocotillo Wind farm: Four months and still VERY little Wind

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Four Months after supposedly going “online,” there seems to be very little probability  Ocotillo Wind Farm will ever live up to its promise of carrying “1,000 MW of additional power into San Diego, or enough energy to serve 650,000 homes.”
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Despite lack of wind, Phase two of construction begins at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In his March 5 video log, Jim Pelley recorded the arrival some of of the last 18 wind turbines at Ocotillo. Phase one of the project has now been online four months, during which he has recorded very little wind.

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