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The Ocotillo Wind Farm Keeps limping On

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Ocotillo Wind Farm keeps limping on. According to a recent article in East County Magazine, the site was producing just under 18% of capacity during the first quarter of 2014. As that was the windy season, it seems unlikely that Ocotillo will beat the slightly less than 16% average they set for the first for year of operation (2013). Then there is what the Bureau of Land Management keeps refering to as “general maintenance.”
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California: Are the Windfarms at San Gorgonio Pass “Green”? (& video)

Inspired by the Video “Wind Mill Disaster” 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The video “Wind Mill Disaster”  is a visual critique of the Windfarms in San Gorgonio Pass, Riverside County. This is one of the windiest places in Southern California and also one of the state’s largest wind sitings. It is not clear whether “NewWiseGuy”  made this video, or just posted it. The addition of Kermit the Frog singing “Its not easy Being Green” softens the harsh impact of scenes reminiscent of a battlefield.
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California: Hide and Seek at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

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The Ocotillo Wind Project may be one of the best documented “renewable projects” in the USA. Workers cannot even pee in the surrounding desert without having to worry about their being filmed by one of the village’s inhabitants. There is good reason for that. Many of villagers moved to Ocotillo because of tranquility. Only the village is surrounded by “public land” and, because of the Obama Administration’s push on renewable energy, they are now surrounded by 438 foot high wind turbines. Most of the time the blades are still, but when the turbines do turn they emit a roar which has been compared to that of a jet airplane. The towers have red lights that blink throughout the night. After the desert was torn up, a plague of dust storms., floods and white foam was unleashed upon the inhabitants. The project went online 15 months ago. Yet there are  constant  problems and the inhabitants of Ocotillo have filmed most of them.
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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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