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The Other Opponents of Wind Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, freezing Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years. The Ohio State House previously passed SB 310 by a 53-38 vote. This  prompted the usual round of conspiracy theories about ALEC and the Koch brothers. It is really time to look at the other opponents of wind energy.
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Transmission Grid Loss

By Roy L Hales

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The world’s transmission lines are believed to have dropped approximately 1.4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity last year. That’s around 1.2 trillion metric tons of CO2 dumped into the atmosphere. Though it is unlikely these loses can be eliminated in the near future, there are ways to reduce them.
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Michael Niggle’s Retirement Prompts Reshuffling at SDG&E

By Roy L Hales Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The impending retirement of Michael Niggle has prompted a reshuffling at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) personal. Continue reading Michael Niggle’s Retirement Prompts Reshuffling at SDG&E

Bill Powers Compares Rooftop Solar & The Sunrise Powerlink

The ECOreport Looks into rooftop vs utility scale solar  Bill Powers Compares Rooftop Solar & The Sunrise Powerlink

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1I recently asked one of San Diego’s better known engineers, Bill Powers, a number of questions about the Sunrise Powerlink and rooftop solar energy. These are his answers.
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SDG&E Responds To Questions About Sunrise Powerlink’s Environmental Impact

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1County Supervisor Dianne Jacob recently stated that “miles and miles of once-pristine landscape” were destroyed when SDG&E built the Sunrise  Powerlink, but SDG&E also set up the “Sunrise Preservation project which, they say, ” will protect more than 10 times the space that construction of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line physically disturbed.  A total of 11,000 acres, in parcels stretching out from the Anza-Borrego desert to the peaks of El Capitan, has been set aside as a refuge for critically endangered species like the arroyo toad, peninsular bighorn sheep, Quino checkerspot butterfly and several species of birds. SDG&E’ funded these properties and is in the process of donating them to conservation groups allowing these areas to be forever preserved and actively monitored and managed.” I recently questioned Gina Jacobs of SDG&E about this, these are her answers.
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Interview With Supervisor Dianne Jacob About Sunrise Powerlink And Other Issues

By Roy L Hales

To gain further insight into the problems confronting East County, I sent another set of questions to Supervisor Dianne Jacob. These were her answers:
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Response To Supervisor Dave Roberts

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1I disagree with one of the statements County Supervisor Dave Roberts made in his recent editorial. I do not think the County Board of Supervisors is as powerless, in regard to the final decision about wind farms going onto the Federal and tribal lands in East County, as he seems to think. I suspect that, if they were willing, the Board could bring a lot of assistance to the East County residents fighting to preserve their quality of life.
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Dianne Jacob On Renewable Projects In East County

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There has been a great deal of talk about little places like Campo, Boulevard and Ocotillo ever since construction began on the Sunrise Powerlink.  There have been multiple lawsuits as environmentalists, Native Americans and other East County residents have fought to protect their habitat, ancestral lands and homes from the encroaching pace of “development.” As much of this area lies within the East County District represented by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, I sought her perspective about what is going on.
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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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